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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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    1. 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

    2. Economic reasons for Westward Expansion • New land for farmers • New trade routes and markets ( Santa Fe Trail) 3. New opportunities to start a business

    3. Political reasons for Westward expansion • Expansion of our nation’s borders/ territory 2. expansion of slavery

    4. Social reasons for westward expansion • Remove Native Americans 2. refuge for persecuted groups (Mormons)

    5. Contributions of various Immigrant Groups: 1. Growth of new and older cities 2. New customs and traditions (eg., German – Christmas tree, gymnasium, kindergarten)

    6. North WEST MIDWEST South

    7. 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.

    8. 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)