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Westward Expansion: Geographic and Economic Factors. SOL USI.8b: The student will demonstrate knowledge of westward expansion and reform in America from 1801 to 1861 by: b) identifying the geographic and economic factors that influenced the westward movement of settlers. Reasons for Migration.

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westward expansion geographic and economic factors

Westward Expansion: Geographic and Economic Factors

SOL USI.8b: The student will demonstrate knowledge of westward expansion and reform in America from 1801 to 1861 by: b) identifying the geographic and economic factors that influenced the westward movement of settlers

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Reasons for Migration

1. Westward migration was influenced by GEOGRAPHY and ECONOMIC opportunity.

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What Were Some of the Reasons for Westward Migration?

1. Population growth in the EASTERN states

2. Availability of CHEAP, FERTILE LAND.

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What Were Some of the Reasons for Westward Migration?

3. Economic Opportunity: examples include gold (CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH) , logging, farming, and freedom (for runaway slaves)

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What Were Some of the Reasons for Westward Migration?

4. Cheaper and faster transportation, e.g., rivers and canals (ERIE CANAL), steamboats

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What Were Some of the Reasons for Westward Migration?

5. Knowledge of overland trails (OREGON and SANTA FE)

6. Belief in the right of “MANIFEST DESTINY”

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What was the “Manifest Destiny”?
  • THE IDEA THAT EXPANISION WAS GOOD FOR THE COUNTRY AND WAS THE RIGHT OF THE UNITED STATES

“American Progress” by John Gast (1872)