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West Body

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Anthony Scirica

on 22 February 2010

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Transcript of West Body

The rapid settlements of the 1800s were caused by many different reasons. The gold rush in California, the Manifest Destiny, and the Transcontinental Railroad all played major parts in this rapid settlement. The end of the Mexican War awarded the United States with land from what was previously Mexican territory. Ameicans were promised land when they moved west and it was now easier to move west due to the Transcontinental Railroad. The Manifest Destiny was a claim that the Americans had a right to all land of North America and may take it without argument. This was first written in print by John L. O’Sullivan in 1845. This caused the Mexican War. The Mexican War was a war with Mexico over land that is now most of California. The United States won and forced Mexico to relinquish their western land. Native Americans already lived in the western portion of the United States. The United States troops and hunters killed Native Americans, took their sacred lands, and killed off their buffalo. The hunters were hired specifically to kill buffalo in the west. The buffalo were worth money to the settlers but the Native Americans placed such a greater value on it. The Transcontinental Railroad was a great addition to western settlement. It improved the amount of cargo you could bring along to the west. It also made the trip a lot easier.
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