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1 Manifest Destiny Obvious fate to settle land all the way to the Pacific Ocean in order to spread democracy.

2 John O’Sullivan – coined the term and many others about expansion – “We are a nation of human progress, and who will, what can, set limits to our onward march?” – “manifest destiny to overspread and to possess the whole continent which Providence (God) has given us for the development of the great experiment of liberty…”

3 By the 1840s America is crowded and looking for territory to expand is population and economy. Manifest Destiny was linked with slavery – If we expand does slavery? – John Tyler thought it should – Many following presidents refused to deal with the issue of adding Texas to the nation for this reason

4 James K. Polk the Expander Annexed Oregon – Increased pressure to make it a state due to increased American population – America needed a Pacific port for trade with China – 1846 Great Britain and the United States signed a treaty that gave all land south of the 49 parallel to the United States

5 Annexed Texas – 1845 Congress approved Texas to join the union – This angered Mexico who thought Texas was stolen from them by the Americans

6 California Mexico had lost Texas, but they still controlled present day New Mexico, Arizona, and California Mission system under Spanish rule – Important part of everyday life – Huge farming and ranching operations – Native Americans used as slave labor

7 Break down of the Mission system – Large tracks of land granted to the wealthy – Created large ranches run by vaqueros (cowboys) Californios felt little connection to the Mexican government because of the distance – Anglos (Americans) arrived – Talk of independence occurred with growing issues between U.S. and Mexico


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