It seems to me that America has in the past had an idea of destiny, one that started at Concord and continues to today. A great experiment was begun with the shot heard around the world. It continued on through the remainder of the Revolution and spawn the Constitution and a nation that was destined to bring a new definition of freedom to the world. A country that was a can do country, a new country one that didn’t know what was or was not supposed to be able to be done. Nothing was unattainable in the minds of those people who came to our shores from all over the world over the next decades.
What was started as a family squabble and ended as a new nation that felt a manifest destiny and had the guts and desire to make it a place where an individual had the opportunity to be able to make good and make a good living. We were a country where the individual freedom was as important as most anything else in their minds and desires. A country that didn’t tell a person what they had to do - those people had the opportunity to do as they pleased, within reason, and prosper or go broke.
When Jefferson decided to purchase the Louisiana Purchase and have Lewis and Clark explore that region and beyond, our sense of manifest destiny was born. France needed money, we needed land so it was a good deal for both. Lewis and Clark spent years exploring and when they returned, many found the desire to go west young man, go west. A few countries and ideas got in the way, but west we went. Many coveted Canada, but the English and Canadians didn’t necessarily covet us so that was pretty well out of the question, although we did try. Mexico felt it was the owner of much of the now southwest, we disagreed and over time gained Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada and the gem of the west California.