Manifest Destiny. Sense of mission or national destiny.Believed US had mission to extend boundaries of freedom to others by sharing idealism and democratic institutions
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1. Manifest Destiny and the Mexican-American War Ms. Weston
2. Manifest Destiny Sense of mission or national destiny.
Believed US had mission to extend boundaries of freedom to others by sharing idealism and democratic institutions—to those capable of self-government (not Native Americans or Mexicans)
Idea God had determined America should stretch from East Coast to Pacific.
3. Reasons behind Manifest Destiny Population Increase
Economic depressions—1818 and 1839
Abundance of cheap (or free) land in West.
Expansion offered opportunities for new commerce.
People began moving over new trails like Santa Fe Trail and Oregon Trail.
4. The results of Manifest Destiny….
7. Trail of Tears (1838-1839) Van Buren ordered 20,000 Cherokees removed west.
Rounded them up into camps
2000 died in camps, 2000 on 800 mile journey from Georgia to Indian Territory.
¼ people died.
Land they did get was inferior to land they had before.
8. The Trail of Broken Treaties (1851-Present) Treaty of Fort Laramie—gave Native Americans land payments, agreed to boundaries for Native American lands.
Within years, white settlers were already violating.
Only first of many broken treaties.
9. Mexican-American War It all starts with Texas.
At first Mexicans encourage American settlement.
Conflicts over cultural issues, including slavery
Americans who live there a rebellious bunch—start to clamor for independence.
10. Key Figures in Texas Independence, 1836
11. The Battle of the Alamo
12. Remember the Alamo!
13. Texas Declaration of Independence
14. The Republic of Texas
15. Victory in Texas Santa Anna forced to sign Treaty of Velasco—1836.
Texas becomes independent.
Americans wait ten years to annex Texas—because of issue of slavery and to avoid war with Mexico.
16. Other Foreign Policy Problems Tension with Britain—memories of previous wars, criticisms by Britain, creditor of US
Conflicts over US helping Canadian rebels (Caroline incident)
“Aroostook War” over Maine? compromise over boundaries.
Conflicts over Oregon
49th or 54,40?
More Americans living in territory than British
Compromised at 49th parallel despite anger of expansionists.
17. Tyler and the annexation of Texas Tyler becomes president in 1841 after Harrison dies 4 mos. into presidency.
A very unpopular president, seemed more a Democrat than a Whig (opposed bank and tariff)
Tyler wanted to do something before he left office to appease the people.
Made sense to annex Texas, plus threats from Britain and France.
When Democratic Polk wins in 1844, Tyler takes that as a mandate to annex Texas.
18. The Road to War Polk elected in 1844, many see as mandate for manifest destiny.
Desire to acquire California—American settlers already living there.
Conflicts with Mexico over American claims and boundary disputes.
19. The Slidell Mission: Nov., 1845
20. The Mexican War (1846-1848)
21. Divisions over War Southerners want war—will expand slavery
Northerners oppose it for exact same reason
--Anti-slavery groups take the lead
22. The Bear Flag Republic
23. The Bombardment of Vera Cruz
24. General Scott Enters Mexico City
25. Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo, 1848
26. Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo, 1848
27. Legacies of Mexican-American War “Small war”—not many lives lost
Gained a ton of land (increased size of US by 1/3)
Prepared military and soldiers for Civil War
Led to Mexican resentment
Rearoused issue of slavery which would lead to Civil War