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Did the belief in Manifest Destiny justify our expansion westward?

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Manifest Destiny was used to justify the westward expansion of the United States, but it did not justify it. Manifest Destiny was the belief that God intended for the American people to spread their cultural and political values throughout the American continent. It was the belief that American agriculture and industry were the best uses of the land and that all other cultures were utilizing the resources either incorrectly or not at all. While Manifest Destiny allowed the United States to grow rapidly and the nation became a haven for land-starved European immigrants, the doctrine of Manifest Destiny also allowed the United States to take Mexican territory in an expansionist war and to crush the cultures of the Native Americans who lived in the West. Manifest Destiny also meant environmental destruction, as the buffalo was hunted mercilessly to provide food for railroad workers and hides for leather. Manifest Destiny also allowed the Plains to be tilled on a massive scale which would...

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