Chapter 14: Manifest Destiny

Chapter Outline

  1. The Tyler years
    1. Harrison’s brief beginning
    2. Tyler’s position on issues
    3. Domestic affairs
      1. Opposition to American system
      2. Cabinet resigned
    4. Foreign affairs
      1. Clash with Britain
      2. Webster-Ashburton Treaty
  2. Westward movement
    1. Manifest Destiny
    2. Western Indians
      1. Population
      2. Tribes of the Great Plains
      3. Southwestern Indians
      4. Indians of the Great Basin and Pacific coast
      5. White pressures on Indians
      6. Fort Laramie Treaty
    3. Spanish West
      1. Spanish colonies
      2. Mexican revolution
      3. American movement into Southwest
    4. The Rockies and Oregon
      1. Fur trappers in Rockies
      2. Occupation of Oregon
      3. “Oregon fever”
    5. California
      1. Early Spanish settlement
        1. Treatment of Indians
        2. Sparse population
        3. Mexican control
        4. Development of rancheros
      2. Trade and shipping
      3. Sutter’s colony
  3. Moving West
    1. A.Western pioneers
    2. Santa Fe Trail
    3. Overland Trail
      1. Missouri to Oregon
      2. Indian attacks
      3. the ordeal
        1. Work
        2. Gender roles
        3. Tensions
    4. Great plains ecology
      1. Effects of animals and wagons
      2. Tensions with Indians
    5. Donner Party
      1. Mistakes and problems
      2. Result
    6. Frémont’s mapping activities
    7. Efforts to acquire California
  4. Annexing Texas
    1. Early basis for claims to Texas
    2. American settlements
      1. Role of Stephen Austin
      2. Mexican edict against immigration
      3. U.S. demands
      4. Santa Anna’s actions
    3. Independence
      1. Battle of the Alamo
      2. Role of Sam Houston
      3. Santa Anna’s trade
      4. Treaty and independence
    4. Republic of Texas
      1. Role of Sam Houston
      2. Efforts for annexation
  5. Polk presidency
    1. Election of 1844
      1. The Texas issue
      2. Clay vs. Polk
      3. Outcome
    2. Polk in office
      1. His background
      2. Polk’s program
    3. Annexation of Texas
    4. Oregon demands
      1. Polk’s position
      2. British hesitancy for war
      3. Compromise treaty
  6. Mexican War
    1. Negotiations with Mexico
    2. Provocation of an attack
    3. Request for war
    4. Opposition to the war
    5. Preparation for war
      1. Troops compared
      2. Other factors compared
      3. Selection of a commander
    6. Taylor’s conquest of northern Mexico
    7. Annexation of California
      1. Kearny’s expedition
      2. Frémont’s efforts
      3. Republic of California
      4. Stockton’s claim of governorship
      5. Kearny’s move to California
      6. Conflict between Stockton and Kearny
      7. Conquest of California
    8. Taylor’s battles
      1. Victory at Monterey
      2. Polk’s assumptions and suspicions
      3. Santa Anna’s return to power
      4. Battle of Buena Vista
      5. Taylor’s return home
    9. Scott’s move to Mexico City
      1. Amphibious attack on Vera Cruz
      2. Troop reinforcements
      3. Attack on Mexico City
    10. Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
    11. The war’s legacy
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