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During the 1840s the United States expanded a great deal The US gained land in Texas California and Oregon Some of the land was gained diplomatically and some of the land was gained using force No matter how we got it we got it and the land that we got was crucial to the success of the development of our country Many people were caught up in the idea of Manifest Destiny which was the belief that the US was destined to control all of North America With expansion becoming a center issue many people argued against it saying it was economically politically strategically and morally wrong First of all expansion happened during the 1840s no matter what the arguments are and it happened because of many factors The main factor was the rapid growth in population Americans were running out of places to settle and to farm So naturally they started moving west and they didnt want to leave the safety and the democracy of the United States so Expansion was the only answer There were many economic reasons that brought about expansion Farming at this time was a crucial part of American industry and with the growing population farm land was being bought out With the new land Americans were able to start up a lot more farms which helped the US a great deal Many Americans believed that they were destined to control the entire continent this belief was referred to as Manifest Destiny These persons main arguments was that US control was inevitable they thought that sooner or later the United States would control the continent so it might as well be sooner They claimed that the US was the country of the future but that in able to become that country they had to expand to fulfill the countries needs James K Polk President of the US and a firm believer in Manifest Destiny told congress while trying to
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