Manifest destiny vs imperialismPaper Rating: Word Count: 865 Approx Pages: 3
Having established that no history exists in a vacuum, one should venture to explore the origins of what has become the primary term to describe, and sometimes to justify, American expansionism. However, there are many variation of American expansion. That phrase "Manifest Destiny, which is a belief that territorial expansion by the United States was both inevitable and divinely ordained, was first coined in the 1840s in print, but possibly dating from much before then. It literally arrived with the first white men, the Puritans who established their colonies along the shores of New England. Their profound belief in being the chosen people and having none of the problems of the Old World led to their expectation in becoming the "renovator of the world , leading other peoples down their path as well. If God and mission was the road to Manifest Destiny, imperialism, the policy of extending a nation's authority by territorial acquisition, was the light that lit the way (Doc. E). Between the late 1800 early 1900, the American businessman fueled the notion of International Destiny. By the late 1800s and early 1900s, the United States fulfilled its Manifest Destiny or also known as Imperialism of extending its borders from sea to shining sea, reached new technological heights through the industrial revolution and had bustling cities that rivaled many of the empires in Europe.
Although the term "Manifest Destiny was not used until 1844, the belief that American nation was destined to eventually expand all the way to the Pacific Ocean, and to possibly embrace Canada to the North, and Mexico to the South, had been voiced for years by many who believed that American liberty and ideals should be shared with everyone possible, by force if necessary. The rising sense of nationalism, which fallowed the war of 1812, was fed by the rapidly expanding population, and to acquire new markets and recourses for burgeoning ... Continue Reading