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8th History: Manifest Destiny

James K. Polk 11th President of the United States; his platform of Manifest Destiny led to the Mexican War and the annexation of California and much of the southwest
Manifest Destiny A popular slogan of the 1840s. It was used by people who believed that the United States was destined — by God, some said — to expand across North America to the Pacific Ocean.
Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo Ended the Mexican War. The treaty added an additional 525,000 square miles to United States territory, including the land that makes up all or parts of present-day Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.
Mexican Cession region of the southwestern United States that Mexico ceded to the U.S. in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848
Forty-Niner a prospector in the California gold rush of 1849.
Mountain Men trapper and explorer who lives in the wilderness.
Land Speculators someone who buys land with the intention of selling it for a profit.
Santa Fe Trail an important trade route going between Independence, Missouri, andSanta Fe, New Mexico, used from about 1821 to 1880.
Oregon Trail a route used during the U.S. westward migrations, especially in theperiod from 1840 to 1860, starting in Missouri and ending in Oregon.
Mormons Religous group that moved west to Utah to escape religious persecution
Brigham Young United States religious leader of the Mormon Church after the assassination of Joseph Smith; he led the Mormons from Illinois to Salt Lake City, Utah to escape religious persecution.
California Gold Rush a large-scale movement of people to a region where gold has been discovered in California in 1849
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