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Manifest Destiny/Westward Expansion (History Alive!: The United States Through Industrialism (2005) Ch. 15)


Through an exploration of Manifest Destiny, students assess its influence on westward expansion, including the annexation of the Louisiana Territory, Florida, Texas and the resulting Mexican War, Oregon Country, and New Mexico/ California.

Learning Targets: 
Explain how the United States made five key territorial acquisitions from 1803 to 1853.
Explain the concept of Manifest Destiny and how it was used to justify U.S. expansion during the 1800's.
Use primary and secondary sources to analyze significant events that shaped the development of the United States during the age of Jackson and during the age of expansion.