Manifest Destiny Case Study

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Q1: The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was settled in 1848 between the U.S and Mexico, where Mexican citizens and their property living in California, New Mexico and Texas were to be incorporated into the U.S. During the signing of the treaty, General Santa Anna proposed that there would be a buffer zone separating both counties. Initially, General Santa Anna hoped that this new buffer zone would help in defending attacks in the frontier. Mexican citizens were given the option to stay in the United States and gain citizenship or to go back to Mexico and remain a Mexican citizen. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo stated that before Hispanics can become citizens, “former Mexican citizens would have to take an oath of affirmation...renouncing allegiance …show more content…
The belief believed that Americans had a special virtue where it was there irresistible destiny to redeem and remake America into agrarian America in the west coast. According to historian Fredrick Merk, the concept was to redeem the Old World by using a high example. The concept itself was emphasized during the pre-civil war but was later rejected. By 1840, the concept was used to justify the war with Mexico and the division of Oregon. Although there were never a principle to define Manifest Destiny, it was an expression used to support and value the expansionism in the United States. Many believed that it was God himself who called forth American settlers to continue the expansion of land towards the west. The concept of Manifest Destiny landed serious consequences for natives, such as limited land rights. Manifest Destiny became known as “Indian removal” when natives had their land taken away based on the concept. Land was to be purchased by government officials from natives through treaties. As a result a national policy was made where indigenous people were to join the American society and become “civilized”. This resulted in native land to become reduced for other white Americans. Initially there was the belief that natives were to live as neighbors with the Americans, however the theory was shut down which later caused the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, causing all natives to live in a separate

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