Chapter 12: Manifest Destiny

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1. California Gold Rush

1.1. About 80,000 people went to California to mine for gold and settled there.

1.1.1. There was a problem, however. The Californios (Mexican settlers in California) would have their land taken from them when white settlers would move to California. The two parties would go to court.

1.2. Many miners were unsuccessful in their hunt for gold.

1.3. Due to the fact that they didn't have any law enforcement or prisons,

1.3.1. There were many robbers and rule breakers in the many mining towns. Some citizens became vigilantes, which are people who take the law into their own hands.

1.4. How does this relate to today? Atlanta is a booming city just like California. These cities are populated for many reasons, one being they are the home of discoveries and inventions; Gold and Coca Cola. With these items becoming popular they gave jobs to many people.

2. Manifest Destiny

2.1. They wanted to create a larger country.

2.2. Ideally, they would take over the entire continent.

2.3. It was the plan to extend the United States border from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

3. The Mexican-American War

3.1. The Americans who settled in Texas didn't accept the Mexican lifestyle like they had hoped.

3.1.1. They wanted the Americans to convert to Catholicism

3.2. There were many battles, including The battle of the Alamo, San Antonio, San Jacinto, and Gonzales.

3.2.1. The Americans won 10 out of the 11 battles.

3.3. President James Polk wanted to annex New Mexico and California from Mexico, but Mexico refused.

3.3.1. He sent an agent to offer 30 million dollars to Mexico for the two territories.

3.4. The border between the United States and Mexico was also a problem during that time.

3.4.1. The United States claimed that the Rio Grande was the border, but the Mexican government claimed that it was 150 miles north of the Rio Grande near the Nueces River.

4. Oregon Trail

4.1. After the Panic of 1837, "Oregon Fever" swept through the Mississippi Valley and many decided to move to Oregon.

4.2. Tens of thousands of emigrants traveled about 2,200 miles through the Great Plains, along the Platte River, and through parts of the Rocky Mountains.

4.3. Improvements such as ferries, bridges, and cutouts made the trail safer and quicker.

5. Texas Independence

5.1. Many Americans were given land grants to live in Texas

5.2. About 3,000 people were Tejanos living in Texas.

5.3. Texas wanted to declare themselves a free nation, but both America and Mexico wanted them for themselves.

5.4. Captian Juan Seguin:

5.4.1. He was born October 27, 1806

5.4.2. He died August 27, 1890

5.4.3. He was a Senator of the Republic of Texas

5.4.4. He was also a member of the San Antonio City Council

6. Here's a cool word cloud with information about Manifest Destiny!


7. Here's an interesting video with facts about The California Gold Rush!


8. Here's a venn diagram about Mexico and America!