I chose the events in my timeline by the American Perspective. Many Americans had the idea of a “manifest destiny” engraned into their ideals during this time. They insisted that their nation had a manifest destiny to dominate the continent and felt that it was their mission to extend the “boundaries of freedom” to others by passing on their idealism and belief in democratic institutions to those who were capable of self-government. Firstly, during that period of time, the United States was experiencing high population growth rate from increasing in birth rate and immigration. Therefore there was a need to expand into new territories to accommodate with this huge population growth. Secondly, the United States suffered from two economic depressions (1818 and 1839), therefore driving people to seek living in frontier areas since frontier land was inexpensive or free. Thirdly, expansion into frontier areas provided new opportunities for commerce and individual self advancement thus promoting economical growth.
I mainly chose battles because I found it interesting that for many, the American army was outnumbered but still managed to find offensive ways to win. Also seeing all of the killed and wounded statistics for both sides was eye opening to how this war functioned as the Americans were underdogs who made a comeback and won.