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Westward Expansion Era

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BC: " Go West, young man, and grow up with the country." - Horace Greeley -

FC: Westward Expansion | Mike B Hr. 3

1: Table of Contents Foreword.............pgs. 2-3 Ideas..............pgs 4-7 Natural/Geographical............pgs 8-9 Social............pgs 10-11 Political................pgs 12-13 Economic............pgs 14- 15 Cultural...............pgs 16- 17 Technological/ Scientific.........pgs 18- 19 Conclusion............pgs 20- 23 Works Cited..............pgs 24- 25

2: Foreword The Westward Expansion Era is a big part of U.S. History. Many settlers traveled west for new land, and new opportunity.

3: Some of these opportunities presented new ideas, technology, culture, and more.

4: Ideas Ideas generally started the westward expansion. Many Americans dreamed of moving west to live on the frontier, but none knew how. Thomas Jefferson had the answer. Jefferson arranged the expedition of Lewis and Clark, and gave them specific instructions on what to do. After a successful journey by Lewis and Clark, many people settled west.

6: Moving west caused people to come up with new ideas to survive. A lot of settlers had no idea of what to expect of the Western Frontier, so they had to come up with ideas for what to live in, what to eat, and what to wear.

8: Natural/Geographic | The shape and location of land has a lot to do with with what is there, what animals live there, and the climate of the area. The Western Frontier provided a mixed climate, and lots of different landscapes. The people of the mountains were forced to live in a cold climate, while the people towards the south, lived in a warmer climate. Obviously, this had an affect on what decisions the settlers made.

9: The Rocky Mountains provided a cold climate. | The Southern Plains provided a warmer climate.

10: Social As the settlers moved west, tension grew between the Americans and the American Indians. The settlers felt entitled to move west to satisfy their will, while the American Indians felt that the settlers were walking right into their land. Unfortunately for the Indians, the Americans were much more advanced, and they were for the most part able to walk right through the Indians. Even today, there is

11: still tension between the Indians and the average American.

12: Political During the western expansion, there were many presidents. Some of these were Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, and William Harrison. Thomas Jefferson gave instructions to Lewis and Clark for their journey westward. Jefferson obviously supported westward expansion. Even with all of this western expansion, the U.S. had a few major battles with the British in the war

13: of 1812, and with Mexico during the Texas Revolution. These victories reminded the world that the U.S. was a major power worldwide.

14: Economic The economy of the early 1800's was interesting. Factories became more common around the nation, resulting in more products. The United States were finally starting to get away from solid agriculture for its economy. These factories offered new and different jobs for people in the U.S. Also, land in the west was selling rapidly. Some land cost as less as 25 cents per acre.The U.S. economy was revolutionizing

15: into a more modern economy.

16: Culture As people were moving west, the mood of America changed. The U.S. citizens were starting to think about the nation expanding. Also music became more popular throughout America. Most songs were religious based, like Amazing Grace and Coronation. Shakespeare was also very popular in America. While most of the men were at work, women performed household

17: deeds. Hats and shawls were very appropriate to wear, and most homes had furniture.

18: Technology/Scientific As America was expanding into a new nation, new advances in technology were taking place. New inventions, new uses for older products, and new innovation. New products were introduced such as canned food, and can openers. Steamboats were invented and successful Submarines were tested.

20: Conclusion Cause and Effect Some of the effects of the Western Expansion weren't intended, however many innocent people were killed on both sides of the Indian Removal. The Indian Removal is what caused a bitter relationship between the U.S., and the American Indians.

21: Change and Continuity The American Indians have definitely not benefited since the Indian Removal. Most of these Indians now live outside of their tribal area, and some don't even know their cultural roots. Using the Past We can definitely learn from past mistakes in history, especially from the Indian Removal. Many innocent people were killed. Also,

22: the U.S. could have been friendly with the Indians, but they weren't. The American Indians have had a bitter relationship with the U.S. all because neither side was able to work out a fair negotiation. Turning Points The result of the Indian removal gave the U.S. what they were mainly looking for, but at times it wasn't looking like they would get what they wanted. The most absolute turning point was

23: when the U.S. made a settlement with a few Cherokee tribe members. the settlement gave the member a little over 2 million dollars, while the U.S. got complete control of the Indian land. After the settlement, the U.S. gained complete control of Indians and their land.

24: Works Cited | Goodwin, Sue. "About the !9th Century." kclibrary.org. Kingwood College Library, 2010. Web. 29 Apr 2010. "Inventors and Inventions from 1801-1850 ." enchantedlearning.com. Enchanted Learning, 2009. Web. 29 Apr 2010.

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