Westward Expansion

Grace Renshaw

Manifest destiny painting

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meaning of the painting

This paining was the 19th-century doctrine or belief that the expansion of the US throughout the American continents was both justified and inevitable. The people in the background are representing the settlers moving west. The angel in the middle represents the goddess, Columbia. She is also a figure of progress. She represents America, moving west and bringing sunlight, settlers, and telegraph wires to the new lands. The Native Americans and buffalo are pushed away by the approaching settlers. The Mississippi River in the background represents settlers pushing father west.

trails west map

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Texas revolution

All the settlers decided to move to Texas because Mexico gained all that land and no one was there. For The Battle of the Alamo it was Colonel William vs. General Santa Anna. The Texans tried to stop but they all just ended up being killed along with Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett. Next was The Battle of San Jacinto which took place with Sam Houston and Santa Anna.

Mexican american war

One of the causes of the American War is land. The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was when California, Nevada and Utah increased size of U.S. 25% they did pay mexico $15 million for lands acquired. Americans declared California independent of Mexico which was called The Bear Flag Revolt. Gadsden Purchased Arizona and New Mexico.

Gold Rush performance writing-

a. There is mostly young unmarried men. There is only 5% of women and children here. There is 80% Americans and the other 20% are people that came from all over the world to strike rich. They work all day in the mines to try to find gold. There is land that is being claimed by many of people. My business has increased tremendously since the gold rush. There is a big population here to help my business.


b. People are heading to California to "Get Rich Quick". They will get to mine for gold and whatever gold they find, will be theirs. They will also get to get land. With rich resources and mild climates.


c. Dear Family,

These mining camps are crazy. Everyone is trying their hardest to find gold. Everyone really wants to strike the gold. It is pretty mild out here. Its nice weather to be digging for gold. I have been working as hard as I can to search for the gold. I've been working long days with my gold pan and shovel. There are a lot of sicknesses going around. With so many people in the gold mines, people will get sick easily.