'expansion' this essay looks at the expansion of the united states during the presedency of james k polk, and his belief in manifest destiny.

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During the 1840's the United States expanded a great deal. The U.S. gained land in Texas,

California, and Oregon. Some of the land was gained diplomatically, and some of the land was gained using

force. No matter how we got it, we got it, and the land that we got was crucial to the success of the

development of our country. Many people were caught up in the idea of "Manifest Destiny," which was

the belief that the U.S. was destined to control all of North America. With expansion becoming a center

issue many people argued against it saying it was economically, politically, strategically and morally wrong.

First of all, expansion happened during the 1840's no matter what the arguments are, and it

happened because of many factors. The main factor was the rapid growth in population. Americans were

running out of places to settle and to farm.

So naturally they started moving west, and they didn't want to

leave the safety and the democracy of the United States so Expansion was the only answer. There were

many economic reasons that brought about expansion. Farming at this time was a crucial part of American

industry, and with the growing population farm land was being bought out. With the new land Americans

were able to start up a lot more farms, which helped the U.S. a great deal.

Many Americans believed that they were destined to control the entire continent, this belief was

referred to as "Manifest Destiny." These persons main arguments was that U.S. control was inevitable, they

thought that sooner or later the United States would control the continent, so it might as well be sooner.

They claimed that the U.S. was the country of the future, but that in able to become that...