The Romance of American Expansion

The Romance of American Expansion

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...but Floyd enthusiastically volunteered to initiate action in the House of Representatives. Benton's "Thirty Years' View," vol. II, p. 430. His first step was taken in December, 1820, when he moved for an inquiry into the expediency of military occupation of the country about the Columbia, and succeeded in securing the appointment of a committee, of which he himself was made chairman, to report on his motion. Now began a patienceexhausting struggle which was to last more than a quarter of a century. January, 1821, the committee made its report, emphasizing the value of the Columbia Valley as a means of enlarging the commerce of the United States--a favorite argument of Benton's--by providing a direct line of communication with China. At the same time the committee presented a bill authorizing official occupation, extinguishment of the Indian title, and provision for a government. But this measure was allowed to die without reaching a vote, and a like fate overtook a similar bill reported by the same committee in January, 1822. In no wise disheartened, Floyd returned to the attack, delivering late in the same year the first speech ever heard in Congress on the Oregon question. In a way, it was a masterly effort, making plain the advantages accruing from possession of the Columbia Valley, and advocating its occupation by United States troops. It awakened little enthusiasm, however, and was met by the declaration, to be heard frequently in the following years, that by extending the territory of the United States across the mountains the Union would be exposed to dismemberment and to increased chances of war. Meantime, Missouri, after vexatious delays, had been granted admission, and Benton his seat in the Senate. Rising from that seat, in...show more

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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123661447X
  • 9781236614476