Unit 5 (1844-1877) - Chapter 13.docx - The Impending Crisis Manifest Destiny \u25cf The idea that it is the US\u2019s destiny to expand westward \u25cf By the

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The Impending Crisis Manifest Destiny The idea that it is the US’s destiny to expand westward By the end of the nineteenth century, US had nearly all of the present day territory, except for AK and HI Some defended M.D. by citing the superiority of the “American race” and that Indians, Mexicans, and anyone else were not “fit” to be American Henry Clay and some Whigs did not like the idea because they were afraid it would create tensions over slavery Looking westward Oregon “54 40’ or Fight!”Join occupation with Britain Eventually they settled on the 49th parallel Young people moved west to profit Oregon trail Annexation of TXKey issue in 1844 election Polk fully supported annexation Annexed by joint resolution in Feb. 1845 Admitted to the country in Dec. TX claimed Rio Grande, Mexico claimed Nueces River Polk tried to buy CA from MX, but they refused Expansion and war

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