Today In History: June 29, 1853, The Gadsden Purchase and Manifest Destiny

Manifest Destiny Doctrine

On this day, June 29, 1853, the Gadsden Purchase was made. The Gadsden Purchase ended a sequence of land-grabs from Mexico which were inspired by a religious doctrine and the desire to expand slavery. However, a Whig Representative from Illinois, Abraham Lincoln, opposed the land-grab. His opposition earned him the nick-name,“Spotty Lincoln,” and he was labeled, “Unpatriotic.”

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