Chapter 17 : Manifest Destiny

John Tyler
Leader elected vice president on the Whig ticket who spent most of his presidency in bitter fueds with his fellow Whigs.
Henry Clay
Leader of Senate Whigs and uncessessful presidential candidate against Polk in 1844.
Aroostook War
Clash between Canadians and Americans over disputed timber country.
Daniel Webster
Whig leader and secretary who negotiated an end to Maine boundary dispute in 1842.
Independent nation that was the object of British, Mexican, and French scheming in the early 1840's.
Northwestern territory in dispute between Britain and Untied States, subject of "Manifest Destiny" rhetoric in 1844.
James K. Polk
Dark-horse presidential winner in 1844 who effectively carried out ambitious expansionist campaign plans.
John C. Fremont
Dashing explorer/adventurer who led the overthrow of Mexican rule in California after war broke out.
Abraham Lincoln
Congressional author of the "spot resolutions" criticizing the Mexican war.
Rio Grande
Claimed by United States as southern boundary of Texas.
Zachary Taylor
American military hero who invaded northern Mexico from Texas in 1846-1847
Winfield Scott
"Old Fuss and Feathers," whose conquest of Mexico City brought U.S. victory in the Mexican War.
Santa Anna
Mexican military leader who failed to stop humiliating American invasion of his country.
Nicholas Trist
Long-winded American diplomat who negotiated the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
David Wilmot
Congressional author of resolution forbidding slavery in territory acquired from Mexico.