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Certainly the railroad surveys opened much of the West and much of the subsequent history is based on them. In 1845, the railroad had been around for some 17-18 years, and those in the position to make a term like "manifest destiny" become a common term certainly would have been thinking about the potential the railroad provided. It seems to me that the initial "use" of Manifest Destiny was in a sentence that included both words, but not in a unified phrase.

From Hayden and Gunnison, Fremont, and others – the role these surveys played in no small part kept the thought of the West in the mind of the country, especially when partnered with the discovery of mineral wealth. Sometimes possibilies inspire and motivate people much more than realities. to mankind the excellence of divine principles; to establish on earth the noblest temple ever dedicated to the worship of the Most High – the Sacred and the True. Yes, we are the nation of progress, of individual freedom, of universal enfranchisement.

When that failed, he and others formed a paper railroad early in the 1850s leading to a real railroad after the Civil War.

His story is not unique and in it's broadest terms was quite common. the public consciousness was so infused with railroad fever that separating it from Manifest Destiny would be difficult.

I doubt Lewis & Clark suffered from railroad fever, but one of my relatives born at that time (1806) certainly did. I suspect his primary goal was capital accumulation, and railroads would have been part of his thinking although surviving records are moot on that point in choosing a homestead.

The term "Manifest Destiny" did not first [appear] in print until six months later (erroneously attributed* to John L.

And we know that Southern Pacific's southwest route across the continent required the Gadsden Purchase in 1853. Its floor shall be a hemisphere – its roof the firmament of the star-studded heavens, and its congregation an Union of many Republics, comprising hundreds of happy millions, calling, owning no man master, but governed by God's natural and moral law of equality, the law of brotherhood – of "peace and good will amongst men.". Equality of rights is the cynosure of our union of States, the grand exemplar of the correlative equality of individuals; and while truth sheds its effulgence, we cannot retrograde, without dissolving the one and subverting the other.

We must onward to the fulfilment of our mission – to the entire development of the principle of our organization – freedom of conscience, freedom of person, freedom of trade and business pursuits, universality of freedom and equality.

It is not coincidence that the railroad was approved after the Civil War started – the South was holding out for the Southern route – and held up all others. It seems to me I have seen articles on transcontinental railroads as early as 1839, to Oregon, (in the Democratic Review, as I recall ...

I don't think that the Mexican War was not railroad route related – but do think that the Gadsden purchase , even though it was one of the odder purchases made. Among other things, the Democratic Review published writings by the Existentialists grouped around Emerson. I seem to recall Manifest Destiny showing up there, too, but I'd have to dig to find the date (it's been nearly 20 years since I wandered through those pages).

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