Manifestation of American Destiny

A tale of US expansion

Manifest Destiny

•Mexico ceded 55% of its territory, including parts of present-day Arizona, California, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Nevada, and Utah, to the United States

•The 20th century was a century of revolutions. We usually think of revolutions in terms of banners and barricades, and the 20th century certainly witnessed social and political upheavals, including the Russian and Chinese Revolutions. But many of the century's most lasting revolutions took place without violence. There was the sexual revolution, the women's liberation movement, and the rise of the giant corporation, big labor, and big government. Revolutions in technology, science, and medicine utterly transformed the way people lived.

•The nation's railroads were still growing. By 1900, more than 195,000 miles of track were in service, and there were still another 16 years of expansion ahead. The biggest opportunities existed in the West and in the South, where large portions of the landscape were still lightly populated.


•United States had military advantages because of their better military technology as a result of their manifested economic ambition, because the Mexicans had decent artillery, including the legendary St. Patrick's Battalion, but the Americans had the best in the world at the time. Plus, the U.S. were more driven to win because of the leadership they had and their strong sense of nationalism.

•the battle of San Juan hill was a key victory for America because it finally broke down the Mexican defenses so that the Americans could use the battle of Santiago de Cuba and others to win the war. It gave a better chance for America to win the war.

Native Peoples

These were laws passed concerning native peoples in America

1819 - The purchase of Florida

1828 - Cherokee Nation vs. Georgia

1830 - Indian Removal Act

1887 - The Dawes Act