Westward Expasion

By:Alaina Shtohryn


In the 1820's Texas was a part of Mexico. The goverment of Mexico wanted people to live there, work there and become loyal citizens. It granted Stephen the right to bring American families into Texas. Austin and other land agents found people easily. Land cost much less in this part of Mexico than the U.S. By 1832, some 20,000 American settlers had moved to Texas.

California Gold Rush

The California Gold Rush began on January 24, 1848, when gold was found by James W. Marshall at Sutter's Mill in Coloma California. The first to hear about the Gold Rush were the people in Organ, the Sandwich Island (Hawaii), and Latin America, who were the first to go to the states in late 1848. All told, the news of gold brought 300,000 people to California from the rest of the U.S. Of the 300,000 people, half arrived by sea and half came from the east overland on the California Trail Gila River trail.


The Battle of the Alamo February 23 – March 6, of 1836 was a event in the Texas Revolution. Mexican troops under President General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna launched an assault on the Alamo Mission near San Antonio de Bexar. All of the Texian defenders were killed. Santa Anna's perceived cruelty during the battle inspired many texians. Both Texas settlers and adventurers from the U.S.-to join the Texian Army. Buoyed by a desire for revenge, the Texians defeated the Mexican Army at the Battle of San Jacinto, on April 21, 1836, ending the revolution.