(HIST) reflection #2 - Manifest destiny was the idea that the US was outstanding and dominant in its \u201cdevelopment of the natural rights of man in

(HIST) reflection #2 - Manifest destiny was the idea that...

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Manifest destiny was the idea that the US was outstanding and dominant in its “development of the natural rights of man, in moral, political, and national life”(J. L. O’Sullivan, 1839), and that it was destined to expand its dominion and spread democracy and capitalism across the entire North American continent. John L. O’Sullivan wrote, “The far-reaching, the boundless future will be the era of American greatness. In its magnificent domain of space and time, the nation of many nations is destined to manifest to mankind the excellence of divine principles”(1839). The idea of manifest destiny had a major influence on the growth and expansion of the US. On maps from 1846 to present day, we can see how the US has spread to the western edge of the continent and even taken over some Mexican land. Many people were influenced to travel west and start new lives on new land. Some even believed the trip to be like “a summer excursion, or a pleasure trip”(E. Bristow, 1847). But, people’s feelings and opinions about the land varied from
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