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Environmental Impacts of Westward Expansion

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Transcript of Environmental Impacts of Westward Expansion

Westward Expansion?
Manifest Destiny?

Manifest Destiny was the romanticized idea of the United States that expansion through the North American Continent was inevitable and for the better of the country.
Why did the US want to expand?
Medicine
Lifestyle Changes for the Indigenous
Changing in Diet
Animals
Plants
Climate Changes
Warmer / Cooler
Water Availability
Americanization
Native Americans were adapted into the American lifestyle and were brought into boarding schools that were called "Indian Schools" that 'Americanized' the Native Americans that once lived in that area.
Environmental Impacts of Westward Expansion
Competition of Resources
With many other powerful nations competing for the valuable collection of resources that is the "New World", there was a prominent need for expansion to grab land for one's self.
Lack of Resources
As a rapidly developing nation, the United States was in desperate need of resources such as space
Other Potential Reasons the United States Expanded
The Louisiana Purchase was available for the United States to purchase the land
The Romanticism of Westward Expansion
Environmental Impacts

Whaling in Hawaii
During the Era of Westward Expansion, both European and United States settlers were whaling in the Hawaiian waters in order to reap in huge profits.
Large Scale wiping out of Species
The expansion and colonization in the Western part of North America also exterminated many native species such as the bison, deer, and moose which lead to other species of animals dying off.
Mono- Cropping/ Monoculture
In Hawaii and other fertile lands in the Western United States, many systems of mono cropping sprang up in order to mass produce commodities for the population. For example, Hawaii was used as a great means to mono crop sugar cane and coffee; 2 main foods Americans use in plenty today.
The Spread of Smallpox in Americas
The drastic effects it had on the Native American Population
Changes in Native American Medicine

During the Era of Westward Expansion, both European and United States settlers were whaling in the Hawaiian waters in order to reap in huge profits.
Sites
http://apps2.nlm.nih.gov/nativevoices/intervi...
http://apps2.nlm.nih.gov/nativevoices/intervi...
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nativevoices/timeline/...
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nativevoices/timeline/...
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http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nativevoices/timeline/…
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