James K Polk and Manifest Destiny

Dennis Brasky

James K. Polk, protégé of Andrew Jackson and our 11th U.S. president (1845-1849), changed America as much as or more than any other president. He did this by cementing the annexation of Texas, wresting California and contiguous states away from Mexico, and bringing half of the Oregon territory into America through a settlement with Great Britain. All of this was accomplished within a single term. Never before or since has there been as breathtaking a territorial expansion in U.S. history

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