Manifest Destin1

Manifest Destin1 - Manifest Destiny & Mexican-American...

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In A Nutshell The Mexican-American War was the first American military conflict fought entirely on foreign soil and the first to be closely chronicled by the press . The war ended with American victory and a treaty that increased the nation's size by more than half a million square miles. The subsequent diplomatic settlement of a controversy over the boundaries of the Oregon Territory added another quarter million square miles, creating a transcontinental nation-state. This rapid expansion of the nation's land area, coupled with dramatic military successes and developments in transportation (the railroad) and communication (the telegraph and the postal system), fueled theories of Anglo- Saxon supremacy that fused with national pride to produce Manifest Destiny, the conviction that white Americans were divinely ordained to dominate the continent, from sea to shining sea. America's rapid acquisition of the old Mexican Southwest and the Oregon Territory seemed to mark the spectacular fulfillment of President James K. Polk 's expansionistic campaign promises. Yet the issues that emerged with the acquisition of western lands, particularly in the Southwest,
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This note was uploaded on 01/04/2012 for the course AMH AMH2010 taught by Professor Pietrzak during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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