Manifest Destiny: Picture This!
Pictures & Captions
Map of Major Land Acquisitions of Manifest Destiny
The Louisiana Purchase
Thomas Jefferson was responsible for the Louisiana Purchase. Napolean Bonoparte granted the U.S. to purchase the landmass; it was accquired from France in 1803, costing us $15 million. The territory is located between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains. The land helped farmers, since they could now use this as a route to ship their crops to distant markets. Jefferson was a bit uneasy about this decision, he felt that the Constitution didn't allow this action of purchasing new land.
The Oregon Country region was Northwest of the United States, it ran from Independence Missouri to Oregon (2,000 miles West). The area includes present-day states of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, also including portions of Montana and Wyoming. Missionaries migrated towards the Oregon Territory, using the Oregon Trail in 1836. During 1836, the U.S. and Great Britain were in an argument to who owned the Oregon Territory. To end the quarrel, James Polk made a deal with Britain to divide the territory along the 49th parallel. The territory benefitted Manifest Destiny by expanding the U.S. westward, including the Industry. The rich land allowed people to start fresh and leave old debt behind. It had plentiful room for industries and farming. It also achieved our goal, "From sea to shining sea", because it reached to the Pacific Ocean.