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Westward Expansion And Manifest Destiny by Richard Worth

Why did people from the eastern part of the US move west in the 1800's?

There are many reasons why people moved to the west from the east but the main reason is because there was lots of land in the west. People started moving west in the 1840's to the 1850's for unclaimed land in a place called Oregon. People started moving westward when they read about all the great land in the west. People estimate that about 200,000 people traveled the trails to California and Utah but about 20,000 people died on the trip.

The Native Americans

The Native Americans were a big obstacle in the pioneers journey west says "Richard Worth". The Native Americans were in the way of the westward expansion. Many of the tribes were depending on the buffalo for survival. By the 1870's the buffalo population decreased due to the westward expansion.

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Westward Expansion And Manifest Destiny by Richard Worth

Westward Expansion And Manifest Destiny

The book Westward Expansion and Manifest Destiny by Richard Worth illustrates a lot of information about the Westward Expansion. For example, I hardly knew any information about the war with Mexico, but after reading about the war with Mexico I now know that Nicholas Trist signed the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. That ended the war with Mexico. In result of this war, the United States added 530,000 square miles of land.

The Louisiana Purchase

In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson purchased all of the Louisiana Territory from the French for $15 million. Originally Jefferson only wanted New orleans for $10 million, but the French needed the money for war supplies so they offered $15 million for all of the Louisiana Territory. The Louisiana Territory stretched from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains and from Canada to New Orleans. Jefferson knew it was the right choice to double the United States land so President Jefferson took the deal. At around 4 cents an acre, most people would say that Jefferson made the right choice.

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