Encore: The Age of Jackson | Manifest Destiny | 6

Encore: The Age of Jackson | Manifest Destiny | 6

In 1845, newly inaugurated President James Polk made America’s westward expansion a centerpiece of his administration. Before long, the phrase “Manifest Destiny” was used to describe this growing sense of inevitability the United States would extend its territory across the entire North American continent. There was just one problem: Mexico was standing in the way.

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