Western Expansion, Manifest Destiny, and the Mexican-American War

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How did the Westward Expansion affect the lives of Americans in the United States?

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It is possible to make a case that a large number of Americans remained physically unaffected by Westward Expansion. They had neither the desire or resources to move west, nor did the expansion impact their financial picture. With that said, Westward Expansion had an effect on the sense of nationalism and hope that people had toward the United States of America in general.

These hopeful feelings encompassed something called Manifest Destiny, and Americans began feeling that it was their God-given right, duty, and future to conquer, use, and care for much of the North American continent.

Westward Expansion definitely gave people new opportunities. A great deal of land became available for prices that were far more affordable than in the "civilized" areas in the east. This movement of people west did meet with resistance, and conflicts did arise between settlers and Native Americans as well as other countries. The conflict in Texas with Mexico is a good example.

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