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Manifest Destiny Dbq

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Beginning in the mid 19th century, many Americans began to settle west of the Mississippi River. The reasoning for this settlement could have been caused by many factors: availability of land, gold that assisted in the creation of mines, the American industry growing, or the construction of the transcontinental railroad. The rapid settlement in the west could have also began due to ideas such as the manifest destiny, or major disagreements between the American people and other groups like the Native Americans and Mexicans. John L. O’Sullivan believed that the manifest destiny was the idea that it was God’s plan and will for Americans living on the east coast to expand westward to the Pacific ocean (Document 1). Many Americans believed that
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