Manifest Destiny


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  • Manifest Destiny
  • Manifest Destiny
  • Railroad Workers
  • Manifest destiny was a belief in the 1800's that the U.S was destined by God to expand across the continent, from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.
  • Railroad Workers
  • After the annexation of Texas in 1845, most Americans belived the entire continent belonged to America. The country was seen as bringing light to the darkness.
  • Farmers
  • Canals were popularly used for transporting goods until the 1860's when railroads rapidly changed how we transport items. This was mainly a good transportation route in winter because the canals may freeze. 
  • Farmers
  • Not all things with the railroads were good though. Often there were Native American snipers, raids, livestock rustlings, scalpings, and burnings all around the railroad right of way.
  • In 1862, Congress passed the Homestead Act which offered up to 160 acres of free land to settlers. The law passed three steps: file an application, improve the land, and file for deed of title.
  • Anyone who had never taken arms against the U.S government, including, freed slaves, was 21 or older or the head of the family, could file an application to claim a federal land grant.
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