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  •  Hello!!
  • "We must spread democracy..."
  • "It's our manifest destiny..."
  • "We will spread towards the Pacific Ocean!!"
  • I disagree Democrat!!!
  • Henry Clay vs. James K. Polk
  • I believe that the annexing of Texas...
  • United States population was growing. Barley 70 years old the nation already needed more room for farms, ranches, businesses, and ever-growing families. The Americans looked to the West for more room.
  • "This Country is now ours..."
  • Some people believed it was America’s manifest destiny or obvious fate, to settle land all the way to the Pacifc Ocean in order to spread democracy. In the 1840s and 1850s mainifest destiny was tied up with slavery issues. "Would salvery be involved in the new territories? The presidents became tied up in this issue. Pro- slavery president John Tyler wanted to increase the power of the southern slaves by annexing Texas but the Whigs disagreed.
  • “Fifty-four forty or fight!”
  • In 1844, the Whigs Party passed up Tyler and choose senator Henry Clay of Kentucky. At first he opposed the annex, but then later changes his mind due to pressure from southern politics. They ten choose James K. Polk to oppose Clay. They both strongly favored acquiring Texas and Oregon. Some feared the lose of Texas a possible newlav state. Others worried that Texas might become an ally of Britain. These concerns helped Polk defeat Clay.
  • Annexed: June 1845
  • President James K. Polk set out to fulfill his campaign promise to annex Oregon and Texas. By the 1820s Russia and Spain had given up their claims to Oregon Country. Britain and the Untied States agreed to share the territory. As more Americans settled, they began to ask if Oregon would become part of the Untied States. Politicians noted that Oregon would provide a Pacific Port for the growing U.S trade with China.
  • America and Britain began to argue over where to draw the Canadian border. American expansionists cried, “Fifty-four forty or fight!” This slogan referred to the line to which Americans wanted their northern territory to extend. Britain and the United States didn't want a war so in 1846 they signed a treaty that gave the United States all Oregon land south of the forty-ninth parallel. Oregon then became an organized U.S. territory in February 1848.
  • "The border should be here!!"
  • Texas came next. By March 1845, Congress had approved annexation and needed the support of the Republic of Texas. Americans continued to settle into Texas. Texas politicians hoped that by joining the United State, they would help solve there public’s financial and military issues. The Texas Congress approved annexation in June 1845 and Texas became part of the United States in December. This action angered the Mexican government, which considered Texas to be a stolen province.
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