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headed west

Headed West

Unit 8 Western Expansion

lewis clark
Lewis & Clark
  • The primary objective was to explore and map the newly acquired territory, find a practical route across the Western half of the continent, and establish an American presence in this territory before Britain and other European powers tried to claim it.
  • The campaign's secondary objectives were scientific and economic: to study the area's plants, animal life, and geography, and establish trade with local Indian tribes. With maps, sketches and journals in hand, the expedition returned to St. Louis to report their findings to Jefferson.[1][2]
manifest destiny
Manifest Destiny

Manifest Destiny: as a concept was spoken of early on by Andrew Jackson. He was from Tennessee and was famous for his brave fighting during the War of 1812 in the Battle of New Orleans. Nicknamed “Old Hickory”, he became the 7th President in 1829. He spoke about “extending the area of freedom” which meant claiming for the United States more of the lands west toward the Pacific Ocean. His idea demonstrated Americans’ budding sense of self-identity and expansionism. Citizens were beginning to think of the United States as deserving of more land for places to help spread liberty and justice to more people.

push migration
PUSH Migration
  • “PUSH” Factors for Migration- focuses on more negative factors for moving westward. EX: Industrialization in the east lead to overcrowding and less jobs when civil war veterans returned.
  • This “ PUSHED” people in the east to head west for more room and economic oppurtunities.
pull migration
PULL Migration
  • “Pull” factors focus on elements of life in another place that are appealing. More POSITIVE!
  • EX: The availibility of cheap land lured people that from eastern cities to the west.
  • What are the reasons for migrating west?
  • Political
  • Economic
  • Geographical
  • Social