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Unformatted text preview: Focus began to shift from europe to louisiana and far east After skirmish between america and mexican troops the war began Dramatized the expansionist ideals of american settlers American expansionists behaved more agressively against weaker spaniards and mexicans than they did against the british Major westward expansion began shortly thereafter and took hold in the u.s. Also stimulated commerce Technology stimulated expansion with railroads, canals, and steamboats Originally understand as peaceful taking of unoccupied lands but quickly became violent Fueled by racism Indian relocation became an official policy under andrew jackson Manifest Destiny: it was our duty as americans to expand and explore Mexican-American War Increased whaling, salmon fishing, furs, and trade with china Also increased competition with russia and brittish Treaty of wangxia (1844) Gained trade rights on mfn status Us navy sometimes used its forces to protect chinese trade US negotiated with chinese for trade agreement. Also fought for a portion of oregon so they could have access to a deepwater port. Us showed special interest in hawaii. It was not officially american soil but it served to warn other countries away Hawaii became appealing for trade and industry with its abundant resources Moving west meant access to the pacific ocean Americans attempted to claim ownership of florida by claiming it was part of louisiana by the louisiana purchase Group of american settlers revolted against spanish rule, beginning the conflict over florida...
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