Beaver Fever Essay

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Beginning in the early 1800s the United States began a mission of westward expansion. The concept of Manifest Destiny encouraged Americans to spread their civilization all the way to the Pacific Ocean, and even down into Mexico and Central America. This westward expansion is often criticizes as an imperialistic movement over bordering countries and provinces. The Dictionary of Human Geography, imperialism is defined as “the creation and maintenance of an unequal economic, cultural and territorial relationship, usually between states and often in the form on an empire, based on domination and subordination”. According to this definition of imperialism, the expansion of the United States in the period from 1789 to 1848 is not considered as imperialist. The US was not imperialistic though they had some of the same attributes as imperialistic nations. /Although the United States had similar characteristic as imperialistic nations, they did not have the strong desire to dominate other nations, and create colonies on other continents. They were expanding across minimally charted lands, and running into natives that they thought were inferior, because they were a product of the ways of thinking associated with their time. They felt that since they owned the land they should take dominion of it, and put it to use. The Indian removal in the 1830s was a perfect example of this. In President Andrew Jackson’s first annual message to congress, Dec.8, 1829 he suggested setting apart a district west of the Mississippi to be guaranteed to the Indian tribes so that they can learn the arts of civilization while “promoting union and harmony among them”. The United States was not trying to dominate the Indians and take over their territories but wanted a unified nation. This is why the removal was voluntary and if the Indians chose to “remain within the limits of the states they must

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