"In the Union you can not have an inch of new territory. Out of it, Mexico and Central American invite us. Like ripe fruit, they will fall at our feet almost without need to shake the tree." - Georgia State Senator Philemon Tracy. "Let us expand South to Brazil and from her yntil stopped by snow." -The Augusta Daily Constitutionalist. "From San Diego, on the Pacific Ocean, thence Southward along the shore line of Mexico and Central America, then South--still South!-- along the western shore line of New Granada and Ecuador, to where the southern boundary of the latter strikes the ocean."-The Memphis Daily Appeal. "Let us extend our institutions over Mexico, Cuba, San Domingo, and other West India Islands and California, and thereby become the most powerful Republic that ever the sun shone upon."-The Vicksburg Weekly Sun. "Expansion is destiny, and God grant that it may be accomplished without drawing the sword. But it must be accomplished, because Providence designs the spreading out of African slavery into regions congenial and suitable to its prosperity. Such regions are presented in Nicaruagua, Honduras, Chihuaha, Tamaulipas in which our omnipotent staples will flourish beneath the plastic hand of black labor. when these golden visions become realities, when we shall feed the nations with raw material, then will the wisdom and prescience of the founders of our new government be vindicated - then will the proudest nations of the earth come to woo and woship at the shrine of our imperial confederacy."- Macon Daily Telegraph Wow. A good thing this wasn't about slavery, right? Anyway, we've talked about Confederate expansionism, but as I work through a book on Southern expansionism in the antebellum era I find this moderately intriguing and worth discussing.