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1: Table of Contents | Pages 2+3 Ideas Pages 4+5 Nat/Geo Pages 6+7 Social Pages 8+9 Political Pages 10+11 Economics Pages 12+13 Cultural Pages 14+15 Technology

2: Important Ideas | One of the most important ideas that I found was to settle the west. Without settling the west I would have no clue where we would be. When we settled we gained a lot of resources like: | silver | gold | Also sending Lewis and Clark to explore the Missouri River and find a route to the Pacific Ocean was not such a bad idea either.

3: Important Ideas Cont. | Making the peace treaty with Mexico gave us Texas and New Mexico. Ranchers soon moved down there and started raising cows. | Buying California was a good idea because we got a lot of gold and silver from them. The gold rush made settling the west so much faster because of the businesses that were wanted there.

4: Natural Geography | The Erie Canal | This 363 mile long canal ran from Troy New York to Buffalo New York. It was built by thousands of immigrants. Most of them were from Ireland, and took over two long years to build. | When it was finally finished people lined up to dump water from the Atlantic Ocean into the canal and locks. It was an enormous accomplishment.

5: Other than being long it was also very dangerous. The travelers faced many challenges including treacherous roads, wild animals like snakes, sickness and diseases, and broken parts on equipment. | The Oregon Trail was a long route stretching from Independence Missouri to Oregon City Oregon. It was an estimated 2000 miles long. | The Oregon Trail

6: Social | At times the economy was in tough shape and they relied on each other to keep the morale up. Even though times were hard they found comfort and pleasure in spending time with everybody. | People would have to walk or use their horses to get over to each others houses because they had no way of communicating with each other over long distances. It wasn't until 1844 the first telegram was sent on a experimental line. It wouldn't be till years later that people were able to use them on a regular basis. Therefore if emergencies happened help was hard to reach.

7: Political | Between the years 1801 and 1850 there was 10 presidents. There was Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, William H. Harrison, John Tyler, James K. Polk, and Zachary Taylor. | Most of the presidents were republicans, but there was three presidents from the whig party and three democratic. | Andrew Jackson | Thomas Jefferson

8: Economics Businesses were spreading throughout the newly boughten areas in the U.S. Agriculture was spreading to the south and to the west. 65% of the Americans were farmers and though many still worked in factories many still worked in there houses. | Many of the businesses where financed by small investors such as merchants, shopkeepers, and farmers. Times were tough in those days and making a living could have been tough. With the gold rush in the far west the economy was boosted a little because of the money now being sent through the U.S.

9: Cultural | Many people in those days didn't have very nice clothes so they wore pretty much what ever they had, but when it came to having parties or family gathering they wore the best clothes they had. women sometimes judged each others wealth by how nice her dress was. | For fun people gather at each others houses and the families husked corn. The women stayed at home and made quilts together.

12: The Early Inventions | The cotton gin | The cotton gin was very useful to the cotton farmers and the factories that took care of it. The simple machine invented by Eli Whitney sorted out the seeds from the cotton and made production way faster

13: The steam boat was first better perfected by Robert Fulton. This invention made river travel easier and way faster. Therefore the cost of products were

14: Conclusions | What were the causes for Indian removal? | :The need for land and space was the main reason. It also didn't help that Andrew Jackson hated them. | How is the past different from the present? :In this present day the even thought of moving people away from their native land is an insult to the U.S. Especially in that kind of manner. | How did the Indians in the past view the movement? :Obviously they were extremely mad at the Americans and thats why some of them rebelled.

15: How did past decisions or actions affect future choices? :The first treaty they made the Indians sign was a trial treaty to get their land and after it worked they kept making them give their land up to us until they had barely any at all. | Who has not benefited from Indian removal? :The Indians were hit the worst obviously, but some of the surrounding farms that the Indians raided were either burnt down or the people in them were just killed.

16: Work Cited | Appleby, Brinkley, Brouassard, McPherson, Ritchie, The American Republic. Columbus, Ohio: The McGraw Hill Companies, 2005.

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