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Westward American expansion was originally called “Manifest Destiny” by its proponents, who believed that it was the destiny of the United States to cross the continent and occupy the entire landmass between the Atlantic and the Pacific north of the Rio Grande River. Despite the name, Manifest Destiny was itself one of a long series of imperialist events which dated back to the start of the Republic. The expulsion of Native American tribes from their ancestral lands in the Midwest and Southeast, conflicts with British Canada and Mexico, and the development of the Monroe Doctrine were all imperialist actions which occurred as a result of American imperialism.
American expansionist dreams started well before the 1840s, when the term was coined by John L. O’Sullivan, a New York lawyer commenting on the annexation of Texas from Mexico...
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