For some, it was destiny to move west. Although there were many conflicts and disagreements between ourselves and others, it was destiny to move west because of overpopulation, new inventions of transportation methods, and new opportunities. In the 19th Century, overpopulation was one of the major reasons for Westward Expansion. Immigrants were flooding into America for new opportunities and new ways of life and there was just not enough land to suffice the needs for all of the people. These immigrants were arriving in America in the port cities on the East Coast.
In the book, American Exodus: The Dust Bowl Migration and Okie Culture in California, James N. Gregory attempts to change readers perspective of stereotypes created by artist during the Great Depression, such as those created by John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath and Dorthea Lange’s photograph of the “Migrant Mother”. In his book, Gregory “takes us back to the dust bowl migration” to reveal that there is more to Oklahoman, Arkansan, Texan, and Missourian immigrants than economic hardship. He focuses on regionalism, and an “Okie” subculture that was created due to the high rate of migration to California. Gregory sets out to prove that they also had a mass effect on Californian culture and social patterns. Using extremely efficient primary
There the march of settlement and exploitation continued, propelled by a lust for land and a passion for profit. Between 1870 and 1900, Americans settled more land in the West than had been occupied by all Americans up to 1870. Conflicts over land ownership, religion, and culture, combined with broken promises by the U.S. government, moved the Indian
Race and racial inequality have strongly shaped American history from its beginnings. Americans like to think about the establishing of the American colonies and, later, the U.S, as driven by the quest for freedom – at first, religious freedom and later followed by political and economic liberty. However, since
"California presented to people a new model for the American dream—one where the emphasis was on the ability to take risks, the willingness to gamble on the future,” writes H.W. Brands, historian and educator of U.S. history. The gold rush, the event responsible for bringing several immigrants to California in search of gold, clearly displayed the idea of Manifest Destiny, the idea that the U.S.’ expansion was a given right. While the gold rush may have impacted history, not all of these effects were good. Through the gold rush, the environment was negatively affected and several Native Americans were pushed out of California. When gold was discovered in California during 1848, it acted as a renewal in the adventurous spirit of several Americans.
In addition to Colombia, this territory included modern-day Ecuador, Panama and Venezuela, with Bogota as the administrative center. It was during this time though that the Spaniards were beginning to lose control of their vast empire, both at home and in their conquered territories. The French and American revolutions, as well as ideology from the Enlightenment created a longing for political and economic independence within the colonies. The thousands of Europeans living in Latin America since the 1500’s had created a new culture, a blend of foreign and native traditions and blood. This weakened the once strong colonial ties.
In 1848, California became part of the United States. A Treaty was set into place at that time to allow the native people to become U.S. citizens. However, because the government failed to live up to the agreed terms of the Guadeloupe Hidalgo Treaty, which was signed as a peace agreement to end the war between the United States and Mexico, the native people suffered horrendously during the next several decades. The confrontation between the Anglo’s and the Indians in California was horrific and brutal to say the least.
One factor that led to the removal of the Indians at the Trail of Tears was white settlers who were influenced and driven by the belief in Manifest Density to expand all the way to the Pacific Ocean(westward), but it was complicated by the discovery of gold on the Indian lands which convinced many other settlers to move into California and get Indians
In 1814 the Manifest Destiny occurred, manifest destiny is when lots of United States citizens moved out west so they could be start their lives and gain lots of property. The main reason Americans wanted to move out west was so they can gave the mass quantities of land and be able to farm and make a great living off of it. But the Manifest Destiny affected lots of things three of them being the Native Americans, slavery, and the relationship between the North and South States. The Manifest Destiny affect the Native Americans greatly in multiple ways, their population their food and their culture.
American Indians in the West have created tribes have created their cultures many years before the first European settlers arrived. The speculations on whether the Indians were “vanishing” due to their inability to adapt to modernity and died out proved to be untrue. Native Americans were living pleasantly the way they were before they were introduced with the plague that came to be the first Europeans. The first permanent settlers in New England began arriving around the time of 1620.The Europeans wanted to live in peace with the Indians. Yet, problems began almost immediately.
In 1849 upon his reelection into the Senate, Clay arrived during a time of turmoil in Congress. California was in the middle of the gold rush trying to become a free state. Utah and New Mexico wanted to become US territories, but were having a hard time deciding on whether or not to be slave states or Free states. Texas was also in disputes with New Mexico regarding territory. The North wanted to ban slavery in all states won from the Mexican Cession, while the South wanted to enact new laws on fugitive slaves who escaped; the South also threatened seceding from the Union yet again.
A community against it formed and started lynching violators of their rules. The civic order being made in California became more and more difficult as it became more diverse. Anglo bigots wanted a stop to immigration. This Anglo-centric idea was especially directed at the Chinese nationality. Though Chinese leaders spoke out against the mistreatment, racial violence continued.
The reason why I am for the movement to the West in the 1850’s and 1860’s is because moving to the West changed a lot of people’s lives for the better. Samuel Thurston had a so what part in this movement. Samuel wanted to make a big change so he moved to Oregon and then later on he wanted Congress to give away land to that people would settle the West. Then the Donation Land Claim was passed which gave settlers up to six hundred forty acers of land for free. When the Donation Land Claim was passed he wrote an article outlining many exciting reasons to move West and he even provided directions for how to get there.
Gutierrez explains how the annexation of the Southwest after 1848 and the subsequent marginalization of Mexican Americans led to the forging of a collective ethnic identity that enabled the population to cope with the contradictory messages received from United States society. Large influxes of Mexican immigrants to the United States between 1890 and 1920, however, altered this balance. Consequently, Mexican Americans developed ambivalent attitudes towards this wave of immigration, fearing that the immigrants represented an economic threat. The conflict that emerged during this period set the stage for Mexican/Mexican-American relations for years to
Spanish conquers never considered colonize California because the peninsula did not fulfill their ambitions. The expedition leaded by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo in 1542 was just the beginning of future expeditions to the northwest of America; in this occasion, Cabrillo sail around the Baja and proclaimed the land as Spain propriety. One inconvenient found in Cabrillo's exploration was the lack of gold and precious metals in California. Also, after this voyage, the Spanish conquers were discouraged to explore California for the long and perilous journeys, where most of the sailors died due to food shortage and, coupled with this, the spread of diseases. Another reason to not colonized California was that the Spaniards were not interested in establish