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Standard 5.0 History

Topic B. Emergence, Expansion and Changes in Nations and Empires

Indicator 3. Evaluate westward movement in the United States before 1877

Objective b. Describe the government strategies used to acquire territory

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Students will create a map describing major territorial acquisitions of the United States between 1803 and 1853, and then reflect on the map by responding to this prompt: Describe techniques the United States government used to acquire territories and fulfill its Manifest Destiny between 1803 and 1853.