Heading West. There were many different reasons why people moved west. Today you will learn about some of these reasons. Mountain men and Explorers open up the west . Mountain men and Fur trappers were some of the first to explore Nevada. Trapped animals for their pelts Lived off the land
There were many different reasons why people moved west. Today you will learn about some of these reasons.
Trapped animals for their pelts
Lived off the land
Found shelter and food in the mountains
Many befriended Native Americans
Disliked by most Native Americans
Seen as invaders
One of the West’s most famous mountain men
Started exploring in the West at the age of 16
Couldn’t read or write
Learned all he could about land and trails
Learned to speak many different languages
Guide for John C. Fremont’s expedition across Nevada
Named many places in Nevada
First to make a correct map of this region
Also known as the “Pathfinder
Opened up the West for all of those that were brave enough to venture out and move West.
Traveling the Oregon and California Trails
The Homestead Act of 1862 brought many more settlers to the West. To start their new life adventure in the Wide open spaces west of the Mississippi.
Economic Hardship fueled the need to go West.
Discovery of gold in California opened the flood gates to the West.
And for others the search for religious freedom encouraged the move West.