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Find out more about the history of Westward Expansion, including videos, interesting articles, pictures, historical features and more. Get all the facts on HISTORY.com. read more

Westward Expansion and the Compromise of 1850 In 1848, the Treaty of Guadelupe Hidalgo ended the Mexican War and added more than 1 million square miles, an area larger than the Louisiana Purchase, to the United States. read more

Timeline of Westward Expansion Manifest Destiny . Manifest Destiny, a term coined by journalist John O’Sullivan in 1845, was a driving force in 19th century America’s western expansion—the era of U.S. territorial expansion is sometimes called the Age of Manifest Destiny. read more

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