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Why Westward Expansion? The U.S. government and its citizens believed that the nation’s destiny or fate was to expand westward from “sea to shining sea ” and expand democracy across the continent . Economic reasons for Westward Expansion. New land for farmers

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Why Westward Expansion?

The U.S. government and its citizens believed that the nation’s destiny or fate was to expand westward from “sea to shining sea” and expand democracy across the continent

economic reasons for westward expansion
Economic reasons for Westward Expansion
  • New land for farmers
  • New trade routes and markets

( Santa Fe Trail)

3. New opportunities to start a

business

political reasons for westward expansion
Political reasons for Westward expansion
  • Expansion of our nation’s borders/ territory

2. expansion of slavery

social reasons for westward expansion
Social reasons for westward expansion
  • Remove Native

Americans

2. refuge for persecuted

groups (Mormons)

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Contributions of various Immigrant Groups:

1. Growth of new and older cities

2. New customs and traditions

(eg., German – Christmas tree,

gymnasium, kindergarten)

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North

WEST

MIDWEST

South

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Sectionalism:

Regions – North, South,

Midwest, West, Slave States,

and Free States

States – Texas, California,

Kansas, Nebraska (located in

the Louisiana Territory)

Cities – Washington, D.C.

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Gold Rush in California

1. rush of settlers to California

2. pushed many American Indians off

their lands

3. population of California quickly rises

to the amount required for statehood

4. California’s proximity to Pacific Ocean

led to an increase of immigration from

Asian nations. (Chinese immigrants

worked on the transcontinental

railroad)