Westward Expansion

Author: Deanna Conklin

Date: December 7, 1810

Overview

Moving west towards the any of the following lands, Louisiana Purchase, Red River Basin, Oregon Country, Texas, Hawaii, Alaska, Gadsden Purchase, or the Mexican Cession are very beneficial. As Americans, Native Americans, Immigrants and other people who travel far out west, they have found more land availability for farming and land speculation, new markets that are located and are capable of manufacturing goods and providing services. In addition to the availability of land, there are more easier ways of getting around, like the Transcontinental Railroad. The Transcontinental Railroad is very convenient to use for both transportation purposes of Americans, Native Americans, Immigrants and other people as well as animals. The Transcontinental Railroad is an essential need for trade, in that it promotes many jobs and the ability to transportation of goods to other buisnesses around the area. Very similarly, just like the Transcontinental Railroad, harbors can now be used to expand trade with China and seek employment with China across oceans.
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President and Congress

The Westward Expansion is beneficial to both President Thomas Jefferson and Congress who were the main supporters of the Westward Expansion since they were able to purchase more land. Equal to 13 more states that would add to the union yet preserve as a more powerful union. A second benefit to President Thomas Jefferson and Congress is that they were forced to have the Native Americans live on the reservations, who would help sustain life there, along with the help of Americans, Immigrants, and other people. In return this helped the Americans, Native Americans, Immigrants and other people to expand their land, ownership, opportunities, and social lives, at a much more widely range.
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Cattle Industries

The Westward Expansion was also exceptional to the Cattle Industry because they were able to transport the cattle to and from fields. This growing Cattle Industry was bringing in settlers from all around other areas while the cowboys were herding other species of cattle. Areas, including Texas in which there was a "Long Drive" where large herds of Longhorn cattle and other species who roamed freely throughout the lands. What many cowboys would do with the cattle is, after they have reached their destination, they would shoot them down, and bring them to cities in the east. Where they will then clean the cattle, preserve some of their meat, and ship the rest to surrounding areas to be bought by Americans, Native Americans, Immigrants, and other people.
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Native Americans

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For the Native Americans, it was quite different than the Americans and Immigrants when they first arrived to the land. The Native Americans gained 160 acres of reservation land that they could live off of and hunt buffalo that was spread out over the territory. Among the buffalo, there were schools out in the pasture available for children where they could learn the American culture. These children would learn how to blend in with society of that time period and also teach others to spread the values of American culture at their leisure. Last but not least a kind act of the government was that they paid some money to the Native Americans.

Some peaceful ways to solve other Native American problems that have been occurring recently, is that we could balance out the boundaries more evenly, by combining more reservations together resulting in more land for the reservations and Native Americans. On these reservations we must consider learning how to share the amount of buffalo meat equally, so that there is enough left over to spare for both sides, and for those who don not want to share the amount of buffalo meat equally, they also have the option of trading with others for goods they need to satisfy many lives.

Farmers

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For Farmers, as they traveled west towards any of the territories, they were able to buy lots for $1.25 an acre after living on them for only 6 months. During those 6 months there were farmers who made significant improvements in farm machinery in the west that made the great plains much easier to farm. This soaring farming production tremendously played a role every where you went- especially in Kansas and Nebraska.

Homesteaders

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The Homesteaders got offered land very similar to the Native Americans and Farmers. Here the government offered settlers 160- acres plots of land at no cost if you live on land and develop it for 5 years- compared to being placed on the reservation right away just as the Native Americans were or only doing maintenance for 6 months provided by farmers.

Philosophy and Changes of Andrew Jackson

During the Westward Expansion, Andrew Jackson thought a lot of his actions as they were being performed while trying to demonstrate to the people how he can be a "common man" just as anyone else could, but this required much support/ evidence and rejection to justify his decisions with the help of Congress.

For example, he worked hard socially and economically as the "common man" who expanded the role from executive to active representatives of the people.

Progress on The Westward Expansion

Overall, every figure here mentioned above, has been satisfied with what they have been given to move west for the benefits of their life, family, and futures. Therefore forecasting the progress of the Westward Expansion to be very efficient and productive. Over the next few years, we expect our Westward Expansion to continue to multiply with new people arriving every day, to help support the change of the 19th century and prosper just as much as we do now, but only better later in the years to come.