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Manifest Destiny Manifest Destiny reflected the desire to grow and expand quickly It also demonstrated the idealistic vision of social perfection that fueled so much of the reform energy of the time All this rested on the idea that America was destined-by god and by history- to expand its boundaries over a vast area The idea of Manifest Destiny had spread throughout the nation in the 1840s It was heavily publicized by the new penny express which made newspapers available to a far greater proportion of the population than ever before Some supporters of Manifest Destiny had relatively limited territorial goals others envisioned a vast new empire of liberty that would include Canada Mexico Caribbean and Pacific islands and ultimately a few dreamed much of the rest of the world There was great enthusiasm over expansion in the 1840s and it all began with the issues of Texas and Oregon There are several reasons why Americans embraced manifest destiny Some reasons include European and colonial experience of Christianizing European background and colonial background of racism the rise of nationalism and ideals of nation-building socioeconomic problems of mass urban population dynamics and the need for resources caused by capitalism and industrialization Westward expansion began with territorial acquisitions that began in 1783 The first was acquired as a result of the American Revolution The Treaty of Paris allotted the United States lands between the Appalachians and Mississippi River These acquisitions doubled the size of the US In 1803 Napoleon and the Louisiana purchase granted the US that territory for 15 million Napoleon struck a desperate deal with the US in desperation for money to finance the costly wars in Europe This again doubled the size of the United States The Rush-Bagot Agreement witch was signed in 1818 set the border of Canada at the 49 parallel The US also acquired part of N Dakota and Minnesota In 1819 the United
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