The Manifest Destiny *Most Important Fact* • 1. Manifest Destiny was a phrase which invoked the idea of divine sanction for the territorial expansion, going west, of the United States created by John O’Sullivan.
The Manifest Destiny • 2. They believed the open field to the West brought opportunity and potential wealth. • 3. By moving west, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, they could show their unique form of government and the freedom it represented.
The Manifest Destiny • When the term “Manifest Destiny” started to appear all over town and people were extremely excited to finally go west and see beyond of what they knew. The term showed up everywhere. • Newspapers • Paintings • News Articles This painting called “Manifest Destiny” was painted in 1872 by a man named John Gast.
The Manifest Destiny • 4. This land was not empty. It was owned to the American Indians. They disagreed to the Manifest Destiny. They disagreed to John Quincy Adam’s words, “The whole continent of North America appears to be destined by divine providence to be peopled by one nation, speaking one language, professing one general system of religious and political principals…”
Manifest Destiny • The Manifest Destiny was not just a political concept, millions of ordinary Americans believed that their best opportunities lay in the West. • 5. At least 4 million people followed with comfort and supplies along with John O’Sullivan in his act to move from coast to coast.
The Manifest Destiny The trails were bordered with many things to the west such as… • graves of those who died there • discarded goods • abandoned broken wagons • skeletons of horses and oxen.
The Manifest Destiny • Many settlers believed that God, himself, blessed the growth of the American nation.
Thank you! By Samantha Pieczynski Period 5