Westward Expansion


Economic Reasons

The U.S had a Growing Population, and wanted to expand the country, also known as the Manifest Destiny

The west had great farm land for farmers

Industry had great natural resources

Social Reasons

Many Indians, because of the population boom in the East, Indians had to move west because lack of options.

Many wanted to flee the Mexican War.

Political Reasons

U.S. just bought California, and more and more land in the west. (Louisiana Purchase, Mexican Cession.)