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Manifest Destiny: Yesterday and Today

             In 1845, an influential magazine editor by the name of John L. Magazine and Editorial Review" regarding the annexation of Texas as a new state. Explaining the American thirst for expansion that had existed from the day of its creation in 1776 and even before then, he wrote: ".the right of our MANIFEST DESTINY to over spread and to possess the whole of the continent which providence h as given us for the development of the great experiment of liberty and federal development of self government entrusted 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 it's principle and destiny of its growth.".
             Manifest Destiny became the accepted title of the drive America had started into the west, and was the fundamental belief of American expansionism. It was the thirst for more land and the rationalization behind the acquisition of that land. That it was America's G-D given duty to spread over the entire North American continent and in turn to spread the word of G-D across this land. In many religions there is a concept of a promised land that G-D grants to his Chosen. Manifest destiny declared America as this land.
             The Roots of Manifest Destiny.
             Though it only took a name in 1845, the belief of America's "manifest destiny" to acquire existed long before then. The early planters of America's south, for instance, were staunch believers in their right and need to expand this fair country's borders when they took over and started settling and planting in the Florida territories. This move, having no political permission, is an example of the arrogance early settlers had toward the concept of expansionism and shows their belief in this "manifest destiny" by taking the land they believed was theirs. President Andrew Jackson showed his support in the then-unnamed expansionist philosophy by sending in troops to Florida when the local Indians and Spanish forces took offence to these intruding planters.

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