The Colony of Virginiabecoming the Commonwealth of Virginia [m] The capital was not specifically established; at the time, the Continental Congress met in Philadelphia. The borders of North Carolina were particularly poorly surveyed, its border with South Carolina having been done in several pieces, none of which truly matched the spirit of the charter,   and its border with Virginia was only surveyed roughly halfway inland from the sea. Several northeastern states had overlapping claims:
Territorial expansion of the United States in the 19th century Causes Manifest Destiny Expansion westward seemed perfectly natural to many Territorial expansion 1800 1855 in the mid-nineteenth century.
Like the Massachusetts Puritans who hoped to build a "city upon a hill, "courageous pioneers believed that America had a divine obligation to stretch the boundaries of their noble republic to the Pacific Ocean. Independence had been won in the Revolution and reaffirmed in the War of The spirit of nationalism that swept the nation in the next two decades demanded more territory.
The "every man is equal" mentality of the Jacksonian Era fueled this optimism. Now, with territory up to the Mississippi River claimed and settled and the Louisiana Purchase explored, Americans headed west in droves. Newspaper editor John O'Sullivan coined the term "manifest destiny" in to describe the essence of this mindset.
A symbol of Manifest Destiny, the figure "Columbia" moves across the land in advance of settlers, replacing darkness with light and ignorance with civilization. The religious fervor spawned by the Second Great Awakening created another incentive for the drive west.
Indeed, many settlers believed that God himself blessed the growth of the American nation. The Native Americans were considered heathens. By Christianizing the tribes, American missionaries believed they could save souls and they became among the first to cross the Mississippi River.
Economic motives were paramount for others. The fur trade had been dominated by European trading companies since colonial times.
German immigrant John Jacob Astor was one of the first American entrepreneurs to challenge the Europeans. He became a millionaire in the process.
The desire for more land brought aspiring homesteaders to the frontier. When gold was discovered in California inthe number of migrants increased even more. At the heart of manifest destiny was the pervasive belief in American cultural and racial superiority.
Native Americans had long been perceived as inferior, and efforts to "civilize" them had been widespread since the days of John Smith and Miles Standish. The Hispanics who ruled Texas and the lucrative ports of California were also seen as "backward.
By the U. Expanding the boundaries of the United States was in many ways a cultural war as well. The desire of southerners to find more lands suitable for cotton cultivation would eventually spread slavery to these regions.
North of the Mason-Dixon line, many citizens were deeply concerned about adding any more slave states. Manifest destiny touched on issues of religion, money, race, patriotism, and morality. These clashed in the s as a truly great drama of regional conflict began to unfold.
Word spread of gold and soon people from all over California flocked inland seeking instant fortune. By autumn, word had reached the east, and once again Americans earned their reputation as a migratory people. During the year that followed, over 80, "forty-niners" flocked to California to share in the glory.
Some would actually strike it rich, but most would not. Life in a mining town was not easy. Often the towns consisted of one main street.Government Policy on Territorial Expansion from Louisiana Purchase Lewis and Clark War of Jeffersonian Democracy Jeffersonian Republic Territorial expansion boosted national unity between and , but it degraded national unity between and The time period between and was the transitional period from unity to disunity, because national unity fluctuated in this time period/5(18).
The United States of America was created on July 4, , with the declaration of independence of thirteen British colonies. Their independence was recognized by Great Britain with the Treaty of Paris of , following the American Revolutionary lausannecongress2018.com effectively doubled the size of the colonies, now able to stretch west past the Proclamation Line to the Mississippi River.
Dec 31, · The issue of territorial expansion sparked considerable debate in the period Analyze this debate and evaluate the influence of both supporters and opponents of territorial expansion in shaping federal government lausannecongress2018.com: Resolved.
From to territorial expansion tore the United States apart. Territorial expansion itself was not a debated issue.
Spurred by the concept of Manifest Destiny, almost everyone believed that America should extend from sea to shining sea and maybe even farther.5/5(2).
James Santos Mod D AP US History DBQ #7 From , there was a lot of debate on the issue of territorial expansion. in the early ’s most of these debates were centered around expansion with the Louisiana Purchase and Indian Removal.