Essay heading: Expansionists

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would gain harbors of Puget Sound and the southern tip of Vancouver Island -Struggle for Texas got the U.S. caught in the Mexican War -Mexican War split the U.S.; those for and against the war, anti-slavery and pro-slavery -Polk was willing to use war and hostilities in order to gain land -Polk used the weakness of foreign competitors to his advantage in gaining land To what extent did their policies strengthen the United States? Thomas Jefferson was adamant about keeping America united, so by limiting expansion to a certain degree, the country was able to remain so...
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But he also believed in opportunity for the American people, so therefore did all some expansion. Polk saw that expansion would give the American people better markets and economic opportunity, as well as supporting agriculture, which would support democracy and the common man. However, Polk caused a division of views among the American people because of the Mexican War and the hostilities used to gain land as well as the issue of slavery...
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