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Manifest Destiny

The belief or doctrine, held chiefly in the middle and later part of the 19th century, that it was the destiny of the U.S. to expand its territory over the whole of North America and to extend and enhance its political, social, and economic influences. Manifest Destiny was a concept which heavily influenced American policy in the 1800s. The idea was the driving force behind the rapid expansion of America into the West from the East, and it was heavily promoted in newspapers, posters, and through other medium. The term was first used in 1845 by John O’Sullivan; O'Sullivan stated that it was America's “manifest destiny to overspread the continent.” America had, in fact, O'Sullivan argued, been uniquely chosen for the task of expanding Westward, driving out the wilderness and establishing civilization.

Many American settlers believed that their westward expansion was divinely guided, as portrayed in this period painting. Manifest Destiny was a widely held belief in the United States those American settlers were destined to expand throughout the continent. It was bad for the people because they would lose their resources and couldn’t transport there goods. They Had to move to the west and restart everything over.

Klondike Gold Rush

The Klondike Gold Rush was a migration by an estimated 100,000 prospectors to the Klondike region of the Yukon in the northwestern condo between 1846-1899. Many names called the Yukon Gold Rush, the last great Gold Rush and the Alaska Gold Rush.


Success Rate- 4,000 found Gold


100,000 set out. 30,000 arrived in the Klondike.


Gold was discovered in many rich deposit along the Klondike River in 1896. But due to the remoteness of the region and the harsh winter climate the news of the gold couldn't travel enough to reach the outside world.

The Harsh terrain and even harsher weather, its gold rushers a year to reach the Klondike. Mining was a challenging due to pretty unpredictable distributions of gold and digging was slowed by permafrost.

Mining the Plains

Mining was one of the first events to occur during the Manifest Destiny period. It really took off in 1848 in California. One major gold strike happened in the 1890's in Colorado, which led to it becoming a state. Gold wasn't the only thing being mined though. Nevada became a state in early 1864 from mining silver, gold, lead, tin, quartz, zinc, and copper. These minerals brought a lot of riches to the states. Boom towns were towns built near mines; after a vein was exhausted these towns would become ghost towns, when veins which included the resources were exhausted people left the towns in search of a new places to mine. All of the money made from mining helped fund the civil war. The mining industry also helped strengthen the case for the transcontinental railroad.
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