How do I know I've been colonized? Let’s count the ways!
This painting shows "Manifest Destiny" (the belief that the United States should expand from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean). In 1872 artist John Gast painted a popular scene of people moving west that captured the view of Americans at the time. Called "Spirit of the Frontier" and widely distributed as an engraving portrayed settlers moving west, guided and protected by Columbia (who represents America and is dressed in a Roman toga to represent classical republican