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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

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heading west
Heading West

There were many different reasons why people moved west. Today you will learn about some of these reasons.

mountain men and fur trappers were some of the first to explore nevada
Mountain men and Fur trappers were some of the first to explore Nevada.

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

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Christopher “Kit” Carson

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

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John C. Fremont

Named many places in Nevada

Humboldt River

Pyramid Lake

Walker River

Walker lake

First to make a correct map of this region

Also known as the “Pathfinder

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Mountain Men and Explorers

Opened up the West for all of those that were brave enough to venture out and move West.

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1840 Emigrant parties begin

Traveling the Oregon and California Trails

  • Economic Hard Times brought many people out West
    • Searching for rich farm lands
    • Jobs
  • More space and fewer people
  • A chance to begin again
  • Seeking adventure
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Gold

Silver

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1848

  • Gold found at Sutter ‘s Mill in California
  • Once this news reached the East coast thousands flocked to the West to find their fortune
  • Few stopped in Nevada to pan for Gold
  • 1850 gold was discovered in Gold Canyon
  • 1859 the richest silver ore was found. It was named The Comstock Lode.
  • This discovery brought thousands of miners to Nevada
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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.

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Mountain men and Explorers guided the way out West.

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.