Go West, Young Man!. Manifest Destiny. Manifest Destiny.
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Manifest Destiny is a term for the attitude prevalent during the 19th century period of American expansion that the United States not only could, but was destined to, stretch from coast to coast. This attitude helped fuel western settlement, Native American removal and war with Mexico. The phrase was first employed by John L. O’Sullivan in an article on the annexation of Texas.
In the early Spring, emigrant campers would leave Independence, Missouri.
As their traveling progressed, most realized they had over packed and were forced to lighten their loads by throwing things overboard. Because of the heavy loads, many were forced to walk the 2,170 mile journey instead of ride in the wagon.
It stated, “as an express and fundamental condition to the acquisition of any territory from the Republic of Mexico.... neither slavery nor involuntary servitude shall ever exist in any part of said territory”