Westward Involvement In The War Of 1812

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The westward expansion was one of Americans biggest desire to take the western territories that were claimed by other countries. Westward expansion played a pretty big role in the divisions during the 1840s and 1850s in the United States. The exploration of new land leads to an unknown abyss, to gain access to the western part of the country the white settlers had to pass through the Native Americans, or a horrific predator waiting to attack. Complication with Texas led to the Mexican War and shortly after the Wilmot Proviso began. The big decision to include Missouri on the new states list depended on if it would be free or full of slavery. Many people believed in the Manifest Destiny and those same people had to deal with the coming …show more content…
The cause of the war included British attempts to restrict U.S. trade, the Royal Navy’s impressment of American troops and America’s desire to expand its territory. The United States sadly suffered many costly defeats at the arms of British, Canadian an Native American troops over the course of the war. Even though the War of 1812 is remembered as a relatively minor conflict in the U.S. and Britain, it hits hard for Canadians and for Native Americans, who look at it as a decisive turning point in their struggle to govern …show more content…
Since the south were extremely labor dominate, migration to a new land would cause the need for more slaves, which the North disapproved of. Slavery was pouring into the southwest, Mississippi, Alabama, crossing the Mississippi River into Louisiana. The south wanted to preserve slavery for the simple fact of not doing the manual labor and work for other areas. Eric Foner, an American historian, stated in an interview Slavery freed the upper class from the need to do manual labor, to worry about economic day-to-day realities, and therefore gave them the time and the intellectual ability to devote themselves to the arts and literature and mechanical advantages and inventions of all kinds. The Missouri Compromise was a document by Henry Clay to help rationalize slavery in the new territory. This agreement was passed by Congress two years later, under which states would be admitted in pairs, one slaveholding and one free. The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 stated the law that prohibited slavery above the 36°, 30 minutes longitude line in the old Louisiana Purchase which slavery was

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