Westward Expansion

By: Dalton Mallon

Trails West Map

Settlers following the Westward ways were spurred by various motives, among them including persecuted Mormons seeking freedom of religion. After the end of the Mexican- American War in 1849, there were many new enticing American conquests. Legislation like the Donation Land Claim and critical events like the California gold rush further incited colonists to travel overland west. The trails were Santa Fe, Oregon and California.

Manifest Destiny is a term for the attitude prevalent during the 19th century period of American expansion that the United States not only could, but was destined to, stretch from coast to coast. It also helped the Native Americans