How did the idea of Manifest Destiny help bring about the expansion of the United States?
During the 1840’s the quest for a better chance and more living room, continued to excite the American imagination. By 1860 some 4.3 million people had settled in the trans-Mississippi West.
Most of these settlers and adventures sought out to exploit the many economic opportunities afforded by the new lands.
Local Trappers and farmers, miners and merchants, hunters, ranchers, teachers, domestics, and prostitutes, among others headed westward seeking their fortunes. Others sought religious freedom of new converts to Christianity.