What does John O'Sullivan mean when he says it is “our manifest destiny to overspread the continent allotted by Providence"?

1 Answer
Mar 24, 2018

He thought America had a divine role to spread civilization


John O'Sullivan coined the expression "Manifest Destiny" which was based on the assumption that America had been chosen by god to civilize the world. It was then used by Lincoln and Wilson. The expression became a concept during the conquest of the West and then in the course of the twentieth century and the interventionist foreign policy abroad.