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  • 1. Manifest Destiny and War  Matt López  With six slides from Susan Pojer
  • 2. First coined by newspaper editor, John O’Sullivan in 1845. ".... the right of our manifest destiny to overspread and to possess the whole of the continent which Providence has given us for the development of the great experiment of liberty and federaltive development of self-governmententrusted to us. It is right such as that of the tree to the space of air and the earth suitable for the full expansion of its principle and destiny of growth."
  • 3. Missouri CompromiseMissouri Compromise Tried to keep a balance between the number of slave and free states. Why?
  • 5. Maine Boundary Settlement, 1842
  • 6. Trails Westward
  • 7. The Oregon Trail – Albert Bierstadt, 1869
  • 8. The Donner PartyClip April, 1846 – April, 1847 us/videos/playlists/exclusive-video#the-donner-party
  • 9. The Bear Flag Republic •1845 John C. Frémont US mapmaker goes to CA, causes trouble, leaves for Oregon•1846 Group arrests GovVallejo, proclaims the “BearFlag Republic”•Later US takes over
  • 10. U.S. Mexican War
  • 11. The Republic of Texas Texas and Mexico argued over the border since 1836 Mexico – “It’s the Nueces River” Texas – “It’s the Rio Grande”
  • 12. 1845 Texas decides to join the slave U.S. as a _______ state This angers abolitionists and pleases supporters of slavery
  • 13.  President Polk sent John Slidell to settle the border issue and try to purchase New Mexico for $5 million and California for any price ($15m) Mexico kicked him out
  • 14. Polk orders General Zachary Taylor to move to the northernshore of the Rio Grande with troops
  • 15. Mexico sends its own troops and crosses the RioGrande. Battle soon begins.
  • 16. Opposition to Mexican War Henry Clay and Daniel Webster criticized the war as a cover for stealing land and unnecessary and offensive aggression.
  • 17. Opposition to Mexican War Representative Abraham Lincoln asked Polk to prove that the disputed territory actually belonged to the United States. He also voted in favor of a resolution that declared the war with Mexico “was unnecessarily and unconstitutionally commenced by the President.”
  • 18. Opposition to Mexican War Thoreau – CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE refused to pay income taxes which might be used to fund the war Abolitionists – afraid new territory would become slave territory and upset the balance of slave / free states
  • 19. Wilmot Proviso, 1846Provided, territory from that, as anexpress and fundamental condition tothe acquisition of any the Republic ofMexico by the United States, by virtueof any treaty which may be negotiatedbetween them, and to the use by theExecutive of the moneys hereinappropriated, neither slavery norinvoluntary servitude shall ever existin any part of said territory, except for Congr. Davidcrime, whereof the party shall first be Wilmotduly convicted. (D-PA)
  • 20. End of the War 1847 - Americans conquered Mexico City “General Scott’s entrance into Mexico City”
  • 21. Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo – Mexican Cession 1848  Ends the War  U.S. “Purchases” New Mexico and California for $15 m  TX border Rio Grande  U.S. promises to recognize land rights of Mexican now living in U.S.
  • 22. Effects of War 1 million new acres of land (including TX) US almost thirty percent larger Mexico loses 1/3 of land Slavery becomes an issue… …again
  • 23. Gadsden Purchase We bought land from Mexico for $10 million Southern portion of AZ & NM Set continental boundaries for US