Why can we move West? • Open land! -Texas, Gadsden Purchase, Louisiana Purchase • Free land! -Homestead Act, Morrill Land Act • Technology -transcontinental railroad, cheap goods, oil in Texas!, Bessemer process, Barbed Wire!!!!
What is the West like? • Indian tribes in Oklahoma- moved by the Indian Removal Act under Andrew Jackson -Five Civilized Tribes • Buffalo • Rugged terrain
How do we get West? • Oregon Trail • Mormon Pioneer Trail • Boomers and Sooners
Who lives in the West? • Cowboys • Cattle Barons • Bonanza Farmers • Homesteaders
What happens to the Indians? • Dawes Act • Assimilation • Indian Schools