Painting by John Gast (circa 1872) called American Progress is an
allegorical representation of Manifest Destiny. In the scene, an
angelic woman (Columbia, a 19th century personification of the
U.S.) carries the light of "Civilization" westward. American settlers,
stringing telegraph wire, follow her. American Indians and wild
animals flee into the darkness of the 'uncivilized' West.