Manifest Destiny



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Manifest Destiny
Why were Americans energized by their belief in the rightful expansion of the United States from the Atlantic to the Pacific?
Identify the following terms and names as they apply to the period of Manifest Destiny in the United States:


  1. Manifest Destiny

  2. Treaty of Fort Laramie

  3. Santa Fe Trail

  4. Oregon Trail

  5. Mormons

  6. Joseph Smith

  7. Brigham Young

  8. Fifty-Four Forty or Fight

Complete the following outline with information from the text concerning the concept of Manifest Destiny: (Include in your notes any names, dates or quotes that define the period)




  1. The Frontier Draws Settlers

    1. American Mission

      1. _____________________________________________________

      2. _____________________________________________________

      3. _____________________________________________________

    2. Attitudes Toward The Frontier

      1. _____________________________________________________

      2. _____________________________________________________

      3. _____________________________________________________

  2. Settlers and Native Americans

    1. The Black Hawk War

      1. _____________________________________________________

      2. _____________________________________________________

      3. _____________________________________________________

    2. Middle Ground

      1. _____________________________________________________

      2. _____________________________________________________

      3. _____________________________________________________

    3. Fort Laramie Treaty

      1. _____________________________________________________

      2. _____________________________________________________

      3. _____________________________________________________

  3. Trails West

    1. The Santa Fe Trail

      1. _____________________________________________________

      2. ______________________________________________________

      3. ______________________________________________________

    2. The Oregon Trail

      1. ______________________________________________________

      2. ______________________________________________________

      3. ______________________________________________________

    3. The Mormon Migration

      1. ______________________________________________________

      2. ______________________________________________________

      3. ______________________________________________________

    4. Resolving Territorial Disputes

      1. ______________________________________________________

      2. ______________________________________________________

      3. ______________________________________________________

Answer the following question in paragraph form. Include the bullet points in your answer.


What were the benefits and drawbacks of the belief in Manifest Destiny?



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