They fought for the territory simply for the motive of competing with the Americans for land and commercial aspirations. The Americans, most notably the expansionists that supported Manifest Destiny, argued that they deserve the entire region to themselves. To comprise the matter with the British, he decided to claim t... ... middle of paper ... ...the gold fields and expanded the networks of trails all across the country. Nearly over thousands of people followed there traces towards the west to seek prosperity. All the struggling and changing of the foreign and domestic policies from 1840 to 1850 eventually brought about a vast new territory into the West.
Europeans, for centuries, have been obsessed with the idea of conquest. It brings a person honor and glory to fight to defend the homeland, and to conquer new lands to expand empires. We think of ourselves as Americans today, but during the country’s conception, we were still European, and this idea was brought along with us. This allowed people to justify the idea of manifest destiny, and adding a religious element to that dream was just icing on the cake in terms of getting the population geared up for westward expansion. The term “Manifest Destiny” became “first and foremost a call and justification for an American form of imperialism.” (Scott, “Religious Origins”) The Americans believed that obtaining that land was their God-given right, no matter who was living there previously.
Approaching the mid-1800’s, a movement coined as “Manifest Destiny” took over the American nation. Manifest Destiny was the overall idea that Americans had the “divine right” to expand towards the west. Many reasons were considered when talking about settling west, reasons such as cheap land, economic growth, and job opportunities, etc. Americans wanted to expand the national territory from ocean to ocean and express their superiority. Overall, the purpose of Manifest Destiny was to spread American values and expand the geographical borders of the nation.
White Christians felt they were personally chosen by God to enlarge their borders with no boundary to the area or country which started the War of 1812 and removed all British influence from the west.4 The expansion and traveling were part of the essence of Manifest Destiny, an idea that it was God will that Americans expand over the whole continent, and to take over and expand the country as they see fit. Many expansionist perceived God as having the power to withstand and guide human destiny. Since they were encouraged by religious reasons the consequences of their desires to expand, causing a conflict that lasted over 200 years.5 They made Native Americans relocate from their territory as a result more and more settlers moved west. Since the white Christians had the mindset that it was a God-given right to expand they were cruel when it came to taking what they wanted.6 Rather than just taking the land and leaving the Native Americans alone, they were harassed, killed, and forced to leave their families. The expansion was another possibility to raise their families in a new area, gaining property, farming, and gold mining.
Their observation on top of the hill conveys the American dream of open territory where opportunity was waiting for those who dared. Lewis stated in his journals that he “promised the Nation that I [he] would inform their Great father the President of the U States, and he would have them Supplied with goods, and mentioned in what manner they would be Supplied”(Pendergast, 15). Lewis and Clark’s journey across America would supply new resources such as crops and fuel for countless of Am... ... middle of paper ... ...he Gold Rush A Primary Source History of the search for gold in California. New York: Rosen Publishing Group, 2001. Print.
Development Of The West Beyond The Mississippi The years 1840 to 1890 were a period of great growth for the United States. It was during this time period that the United states came to the conclusion that it had a manifest destiny, that is, it was commanded by god to someday occupy the entire North American continent. One of the most ardent followers of this belief was President James K. Polk. He felt that the United States had the right to whatever amount of territory it chose to, and in doing this the United States was actually doing a favor for the land it seized, by introducing it to the highly advanced culture and way of life of Americans. Shortly after his election he annexed Texas.
In his second paragraph, Turner makes an important claim that is the guiding idea throughout the rest of the essay. He claims that when “the nation has expanded, it has met other growing peoples whom it has conquered. But in the case of the United States we have a different phenomenon.” When other nations conquer people and places, the conquerors are forced to assimilate those new places into their existing society. The American tradition is different, however, because the United States did not have to conquer anything. The West was empty, which allowed Americans to settle the territory free from... ... middle of paper ... ...ed on Westward expansion, then it is none too appealing to realize that Westward expansion meant the brutal conquest of the native population.
If Jefferson wanted a strong nation why didn't he just keep the money and expand on our new found nation and strengthen it for what it was already? Overall, the Louisiana purchase was an accomplishment for Jefferson as we came to have land that made our nation even more powerful and expanding.. Thomas Jefferson had great curiosity after the Louisiana purchase was made. He wondered about what lied past the Mississippi, as he ignorantly guaranteed there to be wooly mammoths, mounds of salt, and volcanoes of great heights. In response to his peaking curiosity, instead of going past the river himself as President of the United States to investigate his purchase and "add-on" to America, he sent two men by the names of Meriwether Lewis and Clark with followers behind them to do the investigations for him.
It resulted in the rapid expansion of California as a Western territory in the United States. Although there were negative aspects as well, including increases in violence, crime, racism, prostitution and gambling, the California Gold Rush was beneficial overall towards the expansion of Western society in America. Even with th... ... middle of paper ... ...with them. In April of 1850, they imposed a tariff on all non-American miners, for $20 a month. The reason was for the “privilege of taking from our country the vast treasure to which they have no right.” It caused some miners to retreat back to their homeland, but it did not benefit everyone.
The California Gold Rush started in 1848. This turned California into a rapidly growing state. The Gold Rush hurt the Native Americans.The people already living on the land had never known that the mineral found in their water and soil was valuable. They were forced out of their land, and struggled to survive with the sudden influx of people. (“The Gold Rush” 191-193) The Gold Rush was mainly beneficial, but also tarnished relationships with the Native people.