Saturday, December 29, 2007

Eleventh President: James K. Polk - 0 comments

Although Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase gets a lot of credit, It was actually James K. Polk that added the most territory to the US. He was committed to America's so-called 'Manifest Destiny,' and secured just about everything west of the Louisiana Purchase during his term. This includes the Oregon Territory (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and parts of Montana and Wyoming) and southwestern territory acquired at the end of the successful Mexican-American war (California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and parts of New Mexico, Wyoming, and Colorado).


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