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Expanding west

Expanding West



  • What is westward expansion?

  • How did populations change as Americans expanded to the West?

  • What were some of the consequences of westward expansion?

What started it all

What Started It All

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  • In the early 1800s, beaver furs were highly sought after; used in making hats

    • Whole population killed off in the east

    • Trappers began to move west in order to find more

  • Fur traders and trappers who moved west were known as mountain men

    • Adopted Native American clothing and living

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  • Bringing furs out of the mountains to buyers in the east was expensive

    • As a result, many fur companies moved west to save money

    • Brought more people to the West; eventually began moving into Oregon Territory

The oregon trail

The Oregon Trail

  • 2,000 mile trail from the Midwest to Oregon & California

    • Expensive journey; many dangers

      • Food shortages

      • Weather and landforms

      • Native attacks

  • The Santa Fe Trail was similar and ended in present day NM



  • What reasons can you think of that would explain why so many Americans would journey west?

  • Why would they face so many threats and dangers?

The mormons

The Mormons

  • Officially belonged to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

    • Led by Joseph Smith & Brigham Young

    • Seeking religious freedom in Utah

F o a bellwork

F.O.A. (Bellwork)

Who can translate this expression?

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F.O.A. (Bellwork)

What’s happening in this photo?

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  • Who is Sam Houston? (8.4 spi 9)

  • What were the causes and effects of America’s war with Mexico? (8.4 spi 9)

This week

This week

  • Today: Texas Revolution notes

  • Tuesday: Texas Revolution timeline

  • Wednesday: Review for LCAP

  • Thursday: LCAP

  • Friday: Mexican-American War

Everything s bigger in

Everything’s Bigger in. . .



  • Originally, the areas of TX and Mexico belonged to Spain

    • 1821 – Mexico becomes independent and sets up a representative government

    • The new government hired empresarios (agents) to bring people to TX

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  • In exchange for free land, TX settlers had to obey Mexican laws

    • Often didn’t happen; slavery is one example

    • General Santa Anna takes over Mexico

      • Wants to squash the unrest in TX

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  • In 1836, TX declares independence from Mexico

    • Created a constitution like that of the U.S.

    • These actions really upset Santa Anna and he begins getting the Mexican army ready to attack

The alamo

The Alamo

  • Small TX volunteer army fights for nearly two weeks against larger Mexican army

    • All the defenders of the Alamo die

    • “Remember the Alamo!” becomes the war cry of the TX military

A new nation

A New Nation

  • Fighting ends at the Battle of San Jacinto

  • Sam Houston, a TN native, is its first president

    • Davy Crockett

  • Many Americans wanted to annex TX as a state, but not Andrew Jackson

    • New Mexican government would not recognize the TX nation



  • Read pages 350-353.

  • Answer 1-3 all parts on page 353.

Acquiring new lands

Acquiring New Lands

  • By the 1840s, many Americans believed it was their manifest destiny (obvious fate) to control all the territory from the Atlantic to the Pacific

    • Most wanted to annex OR and TX

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  • In 1844, Democrat James K. Polk of TN becomes president

    • Narrowly defeats Whig candidate Henry Clay

    • Immediately sets out to gain Oregon

      • 1848 - U.S. & Britain agree on the 49th Parallel for border

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  • America takes TX in 1845; Mexico upset because they see it as being “stolen”

    • Couldn’t get too upset though, because Mexico still had large amounts of land to govern including California

What was california like

What Was California Like?

  • Mexico got rid of the old mission system in its borders

    • Mexico’s government began giving massive amounts of lands to its wealthiest settlers

    • Vaqueros – Mexican “cowboys”

      • Herded animals and taught American settlers their lifestyle

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  • Californios

    • Early settlers of CA territory; felt isolated from Mexican government because of the distance between them

    • “Anglos” from America move in; begin calling for CA to become independent

Mexican american war

Mexican-American War

  • America tries to buy Mexican lands of NM and CA for $30 million

    • Doesn’t work; Polk sends military to the border to secure it

    • Gen. Zachary Taylor invades Mexico; Polk tells Congress that Mexico invaded America

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  • Over 200,000 volunteer to fight for the U.S.

    • Launch attacks in Mexico, NM, and CA

  • Anglos in CA declare independence

    • “Bear Flag Revolt”

    • Ends with American army claiming CA

End of the war

End of the War

  • Mexico City – Final battle

  • Result – Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

    • Also known as the “Mexican Cession”

    • U.S. gets land; gives Mexico $15 million

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  • Americans wanted a southern railroad in all U.S. territory

    • Gadsden Purchase – Mexico gave U.S. southern parts of modern-day AZ and NM for $10 million

Culture clash

Culture Clash

  • As more Americans began to move into old Mexican lands, they began to clash with Mexican settlers

    • Land rights

    • Water rights

Expensive nuggets

Expensive Nuggets

The california gold rush

The California Gold Rush

  • For years, the Oregon Trail had been bringing settlers to OR and CA

    • In 1839, Mexico gives John Sutter permission to start a colony in CA

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  • 1848 – Gold is discovered on Sutter’s land

    • Wants to keep it a secret, but can’t

    • President Polk doesn’t help

  • 1849 – More than 80,000 miners reach CA looking for gold; nicknamed “forty-niners”



  • Mining towns began to spring up in CA

    • San Francisco is where most miners went; its population increases from 800 to 25,000 in just two years

  • Incoming miners began to prospect for gold; “staking a claim”

Life as a miner

Life As a Miner

  • Mining was hard work and very rarely did people get rich

    • Placer mining

  • Some stopped mining for gold and opened other businesses

    • Restaurants

    • Laundromats

    • Hotels



  • Not all miners were American; many came from Europe, South America, and Asia

    • 24,000 Chinese in just four years

  • Immigrants and Californios were often treated unfairly by American settlers

Impact on california

Impact on California

  • Due to the population explosion over gold, CA is eligible for statehood just two years after becoming a U.S. territory (1850)

  • Many Californians begin ranching and farming instead of mining; HARD work

Westward expansion

Westward Expansion


  • “Manifest Destiny”

  • America acquires new lands in the west

  • New trails are discovered to the west

  • Gold is discovered in CA


  • Native Americans forced off their lands

  • Americans travel west for new land

  • U.S. stretches all the way to the Pacific Ocean

  • CA experiences a population boom

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