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Effects of Westward Expansion
Transcript of Effects of Westward Expansion
Pioneer Harriet Scott Palmer describes, "...much talk and excitement over news of the great gold discoveries in California and equally there was much talk concerning the wonderful fertile valleys of Oregon Territory."
Hardships of Moving West included rough weather, diseases, and shortages of food.
Pioneer woman, Catherine Haun writes in her diary, "...there was still snow upon the ground and the roads were bad...cholera was prevalent on the plains at this time...food and stock feed was getting low with no chance of replenishing the supply."
According to John O' Sullivan, who states, "...which Providence has given us for the development of the great experiment of liberty and our democratic government entrusted us", American settlers believed in their obvious fate to travel west.
Settling west had a huge impact on Native Americans had they had to fight for their own territory and hunting grounds and many died from war.
Indian Chief Joseph of Nez Perce speaks in his surrender, "I am tired of fighting...it is cold and we have no blankets...the little children are freezing...no food...I am tired."
Railroads helped carry more people and supplies across the Plains in a faster and safer way. Instead of having to travel for months in a covered wagon, settlers could arrive in the West in just a few days. Those who helped with the railroad construction got free land.
In fact, the Pacific Railroad Act, issued in July 1, 1862, quoted, "...for the purpose of aiding in the construction of said railroad and telegraph line, and to secure the safe and speedy transportation of the mails, troops, munitions of war, and public stores thereon..."
Motivations for Moving West included the chance to get gold and fertile land.
The Effects of the Manifest Destiny included the flood of settlers traveling west and their settlement on new land and the wealth they gained form the abundant gold.
The effects of westward expansion included the fulfillment of America's manifest destiny in settling west, wealth, hardships, wars with Native Americans, and the construction of railroads.
Impacts of Westward expansion involved motivations to find gold and rich land, along with hardships that pioneers faced on their journey, whereas Native Americans suffered through wars to keep their land. Improvements such as the railroads later offered both free land in the West and faster transportation. Overall, the largest impact was the role of the manifest destiny that drove more and more people west.
Effects of Westward Expansion