During the 19th century, “Manifest Destiny” referred to the widely held belief that Americans were fated to expand beyond the Eastern seaboard and “civilize” the entire North American continent. Today, numerous historians believe that the entire notion of “Manifest Destiny” is problematic. Do you believe that westward expansion was inevitable due to the young nation’s economic growth and population size, or do you think the concept of manifest destiny was actually a way of masking economic and political motives for expansion and simply a large scale territory grab across North America?