FC: Westward Expansion in America By Freeman Ryan
1: Table of Contents Inspecting this era through I.N.S.P.E.C.T Ideas Natural/Geographic Social Political Economy Culture Technology
2: Ideas This period of expansion was a time of happiness for some, and grief for others.
3: The United States of America had bought a massive amount of land through the Louisiana Purchase.
4: People were eager to colonize this abundant new land of resources and potential. But these lands were already lived in. The Native Americans had lived there for thousands of years, and they would not share their land
5: Because of this, many conflicts ensued between the cultures. And in 1831, Andrew Jackson ordered an eviction of the Cherokee people, which resulted in the Cherokee Trail of Tears
6: Natural/Geography | There were many physical obstacles blocking the colonization of the west The Rocky Mountains were a huge obstacle to the settlers. They were nearly impassable and were very rough Some things helped the colonists. The west was a land of abundance and resources.
7: The Pacific Ocean provided a land of opportunity for the settlers, and many towns sprung up around the coast.
8: Social As settlers settled into the West, it became difficult to maintain the feeling of unity they had. This lead to sectionalism. People felt isolated from different states and areas, eventually leading to disputes.
9: The Native Americans continued to skirmish with the Americans as settlers expanded into their territory. Diplomacy was used, and it sometimes worked. But sometimes it did not.
10: Political Andrew Jackson was the president of this time period, serving from 1829 to 1837. He reduced the national debt, abolished the national bank, and evicted thousands of Indians.
11: The assassination attempt on Jackson's life by Richard Lawrence. He had two pistols, but both misfired. This was the first assassination attempt on a President in history.
12: The Mexican war Mexico owned the area of Texas for a long time, until in 1835, Mexico outlawed slavery. Texas had a massive slave labor industry, so it declared its independence from Mexico. Tensions escalated until conflicts ensued. | Santa Anna, the president of Mexico who commanded the Mexican army.
13: The | The Alamo, where the famous battle of the Texas revolution was held.
14: Economic' After America doubled its size with the Louisiana purchase. This led to a massive economic boom. Now that so much more room was available to the settlers, everyone wanted to move to this vast land of buffalo and abundance.
15: Food sources and transportation: There was thousands of buffalo in this area, which would lead to a massive slaughter of these creatures as everyone wanted the meat and fur of these creatures. | Canals were a major part of the | economy. Now people had a quick and easy way across the west, which helped expand the economy even more.
16: Cultural The Mormon religion was founded by Joesph Smith in the 1830's. This became a prevalent religion of the time.
17: The Native Americans had a very nature-oriented and sharing culture. They love the Earth, and believed in sharing the land. The Americans were very industry-oriented. The reason for the conflict of the cultures was that the Natives viewed land like air; Something that cannot be owned. The idea of a person owning a piece of land was totally alien to them, which resulted in the inevitable conflict.
18: Technological/Scientific. The era was the time of the Industrial Revolution. The advancements of the textile and cotton industry, and increased production of canals, railroads and improved roads.
19: The cotton gin revolutionized the cotton industry. It made it possible to quickly produce cotton, which created a massive economic boom, which funded the production of other improvements. The railroads were the first quick transportation for goods and products across vast lands.
20: Thinking like a historian | Cause and Effect What were the causes of past events? America's drive to expand, and their love of abundance caused the massive Westward Expansion that pushed the Natives out of their land.
21: What has changed? Many things have changed since this era. We have progressed incredibly since this time technologically. The Native Americans have been reduced still into reservations. What can we learn from the past? The story of the Natives parallels the Middle East and our occupation today. We have also learned that pushing a culture out of their land is not something acceptable.
22: How did decisions and action affect people's lives? Westward Expansion in America drastically affected many cultures. The Americans got a home of their own, and the Natives lost a homeland. How did people in the past view their world. They viewed it with a sense of mystery. There were still some new lands to explore. The Native Americans viewed their land as a free thing, owned by all.
23: Works cited | The American Republic to 1877. The United States of America. McGraw Hill Companies, 2005. 306-378. Print