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Manifest Destiny & Mexican-American War Images

Young Hickory

James Knox Polk, a Jackson protégé known as "Young Hickory."

A Close Race

The Presidential Election of 1844, Democrat James K. Polk vs. Whig Henry Clay.

The Disputed Area

1833 map of Oregon Territory.

The Pacific Northwest

1846 map of Oregon Country, extending southward to California.

"American Progress"

"American Progress," An Allegorical Painting by John Gast, 1872. The author of a travel guide to the Pacific coast commissioned this painting. The female figure was an allegory of Liberty—a popular iconic representation at the time—who wears the Star of Empire. She leads the white settlers, along with their transportation and communications technology (the railroad and telegraph cables) and their racial and intellectual enlightenment, into the West, as Indians, buffalo, and other animals retreat before her.

Annexing Texas

H. Bucholzer, artist. "Texas Coming In." Lithograph of a political cartoon. Published in New York by James Baillie, 1844. From the Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.

Arguing With the English

An 1840s political cartoon on the Oregon Territory boundary dispute with Great Britain. James K. Polk is standing on the eastern shore, across from Prince Albert and the Queen.

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