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Reason for Confederation: Threat of American Expansion
Transcript of Reason for Confederation: Threat of American Expansion
Manifest Destiny was a belief that all of North America should be under the control of the United States.
This theory drove the Americans to attack British North America, which led to one of the reasons people thought the British North American colonies should unite.
Main Problems leading to American Expansion:
There were many problems leading to American expansion, but here are just a few:
The American Civil War:
Southern USA used BNA's territory as a base to attack Northern USA.
Northern USA accused BNA of supporting Southern USA.
The British had also supported the South in the war =(BAD)
Fenians were Irish people who settled in America. They attacked BNA because they could not attack Britain directly.
ANYONE ELSE WANT
TO JOIN UP?
The American Civil War
Attack of the Fenians
American immigrants in BNA wanted annexation
We will explain each point briefly in the presentation; each point is explained more thoroughly on the handout
Um, S. Americans?
Won't we get in
trouble with you
in our territory?
No! Of course not!
Just let us stay
and you'll be fine!
Hey! BNA's helping
(Refer to handout for more information on Fenians and their goals)
Americans in British Columbia wanted Annexation (related to the Gold Rush)
Americans had immigrated to British Columbia during the Gold Rush (1850-1860). People were afraid the Americans who had settled there would want to try to join up with America.
Also, the British Colombians felt they had more in common with the Americans more than the British North Americans, so people were afraid they would lose the colony of British Columbia entirely.
Hey guys! Why don't you try joining
a bad idea, actually.
Yeah. I feel closer
FOR THE WIN!
What the Colonies must have felt about the American Expansion:
All colonies felt concerned about the possibility of an American invasion.
could have felt that they were in more danger than the other colonies because they were closer to America than any other colony.
had more farmland than the other colonies, therefore, they also could have felt that they were more likely to recieve an attack from America, since America wanted more land.
People thought that if the colonies united, they would have a better chance of defending themselves against possible American attacks.
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