Collins, T. L. (2014). Into the west. North Mankato, MN: Capstone Press. Into the West is a great book to use in this unit because it focuses on not just what happened during the U.S. westward expansion but also the causes and effects of it. For the unit, it would show students not only what happened, but the effects of the expansion west.
During the 1840s and later through the Civil War Reconstruction Era, western expansion faced a wave of American interest. Many people thought the west was overflowing with wealth and opportunities. The land was advertised and sold by the government in an attempt to increase the nation’s farming productivity and territorial expansion. Land legislation promised to reward young farmers and families for their successful Midwest homesteads. This legislation included the Homestead Act of 1862 and the Timber Culture Act of 1873.
Americans believed that god predestined them to expand from coast to coast in the concept of Manifest Destiny. The increase in mining precious metals, building of a transcontinental railroad, cattle herding, and farming the Great Plains helped the US not only to reach their goals of expanding from sea to shining sea, but it also had the ideals that our Founding Fathers always wanted. America’s Western Expansion started from all the sightings of gold and other precious metals in the west. From the gold rush, people were settling west so that they can strike rich from all the precious metals that was there. Not only that, instead of using animals to travel a long way from their homes, the invention of railroads made travel easier, faster, and
The Oregon Trail: Some reasons why the Pioneers decided to go along the Oregon trail and head west were to find opportunity, have free land, good farmland, large forests, free of diseases, and to find jobs. What was the Oregon trail like? - Many diseases like typhoid fever, Cholera, dysentery, Diphtheria, and measles. - They traveled 15 miles on a average day and 18-20 on a good day. - Many pioneers walked the entire 2,170 mile trail on foot while others used wagons.
In the 1800s, America was expanded from “sea to shining sea”. The expansion was a responsibility of the presidents of the United States. More people came to America which caused farmland to be scarce and decrease. Settlers had to move west for more land and opportunity, which would have not been possible without the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. Other than land and opportunity, there were many reasons someone would have chosen to move to the new land in the west.
This constitution will change their government and expand the tribe’s members. “The new constitution eliminates blood quantum which requires a person to prove they have 25 percent Indian blood and changes to a system based on family lineage” (White Earth Band). This will make the population of White Earth even larger. They had 3,492 total vote cast and 79 percent voted for the new constitution. The government will expand because they will switch from their five-membered Reservation Business Council to an independent executive, legislative, and judicial branch.
In my opinion and based on readings I think that the western frontier fostered values of American democracy and individualism. Moving west allowed settlers and even immigrants the opportunity to make a new life for them and their families. The “Gold Rush” and mining for other precious metals such as silver, copper, lead and iron brought many people west to explore and find riches. Many cities such as Virginia City, Nevada were industrialized and colonized by those who wanted to find riches in those precious metals. Many of these settlers were immigrants, it is noted that the Utah Territory, that eventually became known as Nevada, had about 30 percent of people settling that were from outside the United States, compared to 25 percent in New
In 1492, Christopher Columbus made a discovery that affected the lives of many different ethnic groups around the world, in the years to come. The Spanish were funding his trip were trying to find a quicker way to get to the ports of the Asia and Columbus thought that he could find it by sailing westward. Instead of finding said route, he instead found the West Indies and what would eventually become North and South America. Now this would lead the Spanish, French, and English to start colonizing the “unclaimed” ground in the New World. When the Spanish started to colonize the New World, the natives were first conquered but then eventually accepted into the Spanish hierarchy of things.
Since the beginning of colonization in North America, Anglo-Saxon Americans have continuously been moving west. Some might say that their westward colonization was destined; a right given by God. While this expedition began from the colonization of the New world, it was truly identified as Manifest Destiny in the 1840s. Anglo-Saxons saw it as their duty to spread civilization and replace darkness with light. After the second Great awakening, many truly believed that God Himself had blessed the advancement of the American Nation.
The Mexican war was one of the major events in our US expansion. The Mexican war started when James K Polk became president and wanted to take steps to gain Oregon. Polk wanted to have this battle because it would give the US a chance to expand all the way from east to west coast, have borders on both the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean, and it would give us a better fighting advantage over the British. Citizens would also get more opportunity to move in and begin raising crops. In this war we have gained New Mexico, California, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and Texas.
Throughout the 1840’s and 1890’s the natural environment shaped the development of the West beyond the Mississippi like, where the best and worst settlement would be in the West, how there was a struggle for the expansion that the settlers of the West were pushing for and, how aspects like cattle and mining would influence the settlers. There were many environmental changes, as well as expansion in the West, and the increase in knowledge and development in industry, that were occurring, and causing the development of the West beyond the Mississippi to be impacted along with the lives of those who lived their.
BEFORE YOU START READING : This is just an answer to a question in paragraph style. I will paste the questions and then the answer, please evaluate in terms of how I did to the question. Q:What were the major causes and motivations of US Imperialism. A: The United States had just finished moving out west and had reached the west coast. With no more land left, and a growing population, there was a fear that resources would dry up hence the need for more land.
As soon as the United States officially bought the Louisiana Purchase, settlers began to spread west. Even more settlers moved after hearing about the discoveries Meriwether Lewis and William Clark told of the western region of the continent. When the nation grew its population towards the Pacific Ocean, the government began to establish states in the land; Louisiana emerged, followed by many more western and southern states. Trappers, traders, miners, ranchers, and multiple Native American tribes brought attention to Montana’s locality. After railroads began to cross the area, President Abraham Lincoln officiated Montana’s statehood on November 8, 1889.
In the late 1500s the Native Americans of the Great Plains got an amazing new tool that would change their place in the world for 200 years. That tool would bring them great wealth and many luxuries, but at the cost of great pain and suffering. That tool they called it the great mysterious dog, we call it the horse . The Native Americans would use this tool to explore ways to transport goods and people. As well as create an opportunity to encounter and exchange with the Spanish and French through trade.
Discuss the reasons why Americans were drawn to expansion in the late nineteenth century? America’s was drawn into continual westward expansion in the late nineteenth century because it wanted to expand trade amongst other reasons. There was that small-group of Americans who warned that the country must not let itself be shut out of the scramble for empire. American was beginning to a overflowing population of America, which according to, a census, which stated by census that there was no longer a clear line separating settled the land from unsettled land. Furthermore, there was the lure of the nation’s missionaries to spread Christianity and prepare the world for the second coming of Christs.