5.8 Students trace the colonization,
immigration, and settlement patterns of the American people from 1789 to the
mid-1800s, with emphasis on the role of economic incentives, effects of the
physical and political geography, and transportation systems.
4. Discuss the experiences of settlers on the overland trails to the West (e.g., location of the routes; purpose of the journeys; the influence of the terrain, rivers, vegetation,
and climate; life in the territories at the end of these trails).
What is your understanding of the term Manifest Destiny? Summarize your understanding of the term "Manifest Destiny" and either give a 300 word justification of its historical usage or a 300 word critique against its historical usage.