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For two centuries Americans had been progressively taking over and establishinga continent People felt that westward expansion between the 17th century and the 1840swas golden but dangerous People felt it was feasible only through patient work andtimorous calamities With each year of national growth the confidence and power of thepeople was magnified and every step forward divulged a broader horizon Americansbegan to feel that the whole continent was to be theirs to do as they please with It wastheirs to exploit and theirs to make into a great unified nation This was a land ofopportunity a showcase to manifest the goodness of democratic institutions tangibleproof that the Americans were Gods chosen people John L OSullivan a journalistsummed Americas new atmosphere up in a sentance in 1845 The fulffillment of ourmanifest destiny to overspread the continent alloted by Providence for the freedevelopment of our yearly multiplying millions Manifest destiny was the belief ofnineteenth-century Americans that their nations territorial expansion was inevitable andultimately a good thing even for those being conquered This conviction helpedAmericans justify the aggressive acquisition of new territories in the 1840s and later inthe 1890s Due to manifest destiny politicl boundaries became insignificant and
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