The 19th-century doctrine or belief that the expansion of the US throughout the American continents was both justified and inevitable.
- This is not to be confused with utopianism, nor with a doctrine of manifest destiny, whether national or global, nor with a theocratic theory of the state.
- The idea of American exceptionalism was expressed domestically in the doctrine of manifest destiny.
- The war with Mexico was also a product of the United States' belief of manifest destiny.
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