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1 History 143: History Of Early America After the events of the revolutionary war, the newly formed United States had their eyes set out to the western lands. The expansion westward would be fueled by economical and religious desire. Many of these beliefs and desires can be traced to the idea known as manifest destiny. During this time in United States history the perception of American exceptionalism would be shaped. The United States would gain many benefits from manifest destiny however, the same can not be said for the native americans. The ideology and implantation of manifest destiny would not only affect the lives of the American settlers but it would also greatly affect the lives of the Native Americans. To fully understand how manifest destiny affected the economical and religious landscape of the United States, first you must understand what manifest destiny is. Manifest destiny was the cultural belief that American citizens were destined and expected to expand into the western region of North America. So, what caused the citizens to believe they were destined to expand? The two main reasons for these beliefs can originate back to religion and American exceptionalism. Religion had the citizens believed this idea because they believed it was God’s intention and that God wanted them to gain more land. The idea of having the support of God was crucial for the move westward; this gave the citizens a sense of entitlement to the land. This entitlement from God concurs with the ideals of American exceptionalism. American exceptionalism is a belief that the United States holds a special place among the other counties in the world. In the letter A model of christain charity written by John Winthrop he states, “For wee must consider that wee shall be as a citty upon a hill. The eies of all people are uppon us. Soe
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