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Chapter 17 Identities Aroostook War The Aroostook War, named after the Aroostook River valley in which the conflict took place was a small-scale clash between Canadian and American lumberjacks over disputed territory between Canada and Maine. This conflict was the result of the British, who controlled Canada, wanting to build a supply road from the port city of Halifax to Quebec, which would serve to better protect the region. Manifest Destiny Manifest Destiny was the idea that God had given America his sanction to spread liberty throughout the whole western hemisphere, and lay claim to all the lands there. This intoxicating thought gave a holy excuse for America’s imperialistic tendencies, and expansionists used the idea to further their goals of expanding into the Oregon Territory and annexing Texas. Texas Texas’s precarious situation, being on the edge of full scale war with Mexico, prompted it to seek protection from European powers. The French and British, especially, took great interest, for a Texan puppet state could undermine American expansion, protective tariffs, and the relative monopoly on cotton that America held. Thus, American expansionists such as President Tyler and the then-upcoming President James K. Polk saw fit to preemptively annex Texas as the 28th state under the pretense of avoiding entangling wars that might be caused by foreign intrigue. However, the annexation of Texas caused a chain of events leading to the Mexican-American War.
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  • Fall '18
  • Paul Wood
  • The Land, Mexican–American War, President Polk, James K. Polk

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