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Abundant Land and Manifest Destiny

John L. O'SullivanAt the beginning of the 19th century, the young nation began to look to the west for new opportunities.  Unlike the European countries they left behind, the new Americans enjoyed an abundance of land and natural resources in their new country.  Enterprising immigrants, including those from Ireland, engaged in the exploration of the continent.  It was Irish American John L. O’Sullivan, editor of United State Magazine and Democratic Review, who coined the term “manifest destiny” to describe the spirit of expansionism in the United States during the 19th century.

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