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INSPECT-ing the American Revlolution and Westward Expansion

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FC: INSPECT The American Revolution and Westward expansion

1: Ideas The ideas around this time era were that we needed to expand more west. By Thomas Jefferson purchasing the Louisiana territory from Napoleon we had much more land and settlers were eager to expand. President Jefferson, though, had no idea what was out there so he sent two explorers out to record and document what they found. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark went out and no body expected them to come back, but they did. They gave America very useful tools like detailed maps. They encountered

2: Indians and without their help, Lewis and Clark would not have made it home.

3: Natural The natural things about the westward expansion would have to be that Sacagawea an Indian guide, helped them find their way around the western unexplored area, to the Europeans. Or that they had to account for everything they saw such as plants and animals, and they had to make detailed maps for President Jefferson. President Jefferson wanted them to explore the Missouri river, by it's course to the Pacific ocean for the purposes of commerce.

4: Social Another reason for the explorers to expedition around the newly purchased land was for for the Indians. Jefferson wanted to keep friends with Indians and live in peace with them as neighbors without fights. He told Lewis and Clark when they left to respect their language, tradition, monuments and relations with other tribes. If the Indians then trusted them they could give the explorers tips and remedies for certain diseases. Jefferson also needed this area explored because people were

5: immigrating to the New land and they were running out of space.

6: Politics Thomas Jefferson was the third president who followed John Adams and was succeeded by James Madison. Jefferson served as vice-president, secretary-of-state, minister to France, congressman and governor of Virginia. Jefferson is best remembered as a person who fought for human rights, the Louisiana purchase, the Lewis and Clark expedition as well as escalating tensions between France and Britain which eventually led to war after he left office. The Indian removal was also another

7: important topic. Jefferson ordered Military to defeat and remove the Indian, Creek nation. The Creek lost 22 million acres in Southern Georgia and central Alabama. Five Indian nations, though, did try to co-exist with the settlers and picked their farming, beliefs and slave-holding. Although they were trying to be good neighbors it just made the Whites resentful and jealous.

8: Economics America needed the Louisiana territory to expand. They sold acres for about a dollar each so that people coming in could have cheap land that was good for farming and had plenty of privacy and space. The people who auctioned out the land made a profit out of it but they never thought that just because they came here and fought for the land, doesn't mean it's theirs. It was the Indians land and so they should have been the

9: ones making the money, not the Europeans. But with everyone moving in on the cheap land America was growing.

10: Cultural The Native Americans, at the time, had a totally different cultural back round then we did. For one thing, they never wasted anything they used, everything they could get, they used. They dressed differently, more for the use of things rather then what was in style for them. They took many things seriously and religiously even.

11: They prayed and sang for many things like for rain and a good harvest while we went to church. They definitely took things while they could and thats why America suited them, because they could adapt to their environment much easier then we could have without them. But we had more technology and which is why we got as far as we did.

12: Technological Around this time era, we were just getting started as a new nation and so we had different ideas then Europe. Europe wanted to keep their ideas hidden from us but a man memorized the functions and told America. Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin, because in the North there were smaller farms, but in the South there were larger plantations where they mainly

13: planted cotton. Blacks were the main population of workers on the plantations. The spinning jenny was another invention which threaded the thread they used to make thing such as clothing or knapsacks.

14: Thinking like a Historian Turning Points How did past decisions affect future choices? If America had just let Great Britain win the war, we would not even be where we are now. The land would be divided into claims from all sorts of different countries. How did decisions or actions significantly transform people's lives? It definitely changed their lives, like the Cherokee. If Jackson wouldn't have decided to drive them out, they may have killed us or just lived in peace with us.

15: Works Cited www.pbs.org http://lewis-clark.org "Jefferson's instructions to Meriwether Lewis" Appleby, Joyce, Alan Brinkley, Albert Broussard, James McPherson, and Donald Ritchic. "The American Republic" 2005. New York: Print.

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