Into the West

Manifest Destiny

Season 1, Ep 2, Aired 6/17/05
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  • Episode Description
  • The changes in the western frontier take their toll on the Native people. Some choose to cast their lot with the white man, while others cling to their traditional ways. Jacob Wheeler and his wife, Thunder Heart Woman, return to Virginia, but soon the promise of a new life in California entices Jacob to set out again along with his brother Jethro. The road is long and hard. Many are lost, and in the end, one brother makes the ultimate sacrifice.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Beau Bridges

    Stephen Hoxie

  • George Leach

    Loved by the Buffalo (older)

  • Jessica Capshaw

    Rachel Wheeler

  • Keri Russell

    Naomi Wheeler

  • Matthew Settle

    Jacob Wheeler

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Notes (1)

    • This episode was originally titled "Migration" before changing to "Manifest Destiny" for its initial airing.

    Trivia (2)

    • This episode's title, Manifest Destiny, refers to America's doctrine, which states that the country has an inevitable destiny and right to expand the American border to the Pacific Ocean.

    • Jacob reads a newspaper article that refers to the "recently" deceased Jedediah Smith. This scene takes place in 1836. Well, the news during that time must be really slow because Jedediah Smith actually died in 1831, at the young age of 32. However, they were accurate in saying he was killed by Commanches while at a watering hole on the way to Santa Fe.

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