Essay on America 's Westward Expansion During The 19th Century

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Varied reasons promoted America’s Westward Expansion in the 19th century. In the beginning of the century, the main expansion catalysts were the nation’s new acquisition of land and opportunities. In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson bought the Louisiana Territory from France, doubling the size of the United States and providing a large area west for expansion. During the 1820s, westward migration became popular among American citizens, however, they experienced difficulty pervading national borders as a result of Indians occupying the surrounding land. In response to this, Hamilton passed a law in 1830 to remove Native Americans from their promised territories bordering the United States; later known as the Indian Removal Act. From 1830 to ___, America’s armed military extracted Indians from their land and [PER-i-gruh-nated] peregrinated them westward; all the way cross the Mississippi River - at gunpoint. Of the 60,000 Indians who were forced to make this journey, deprivations such as; starvation, thirst, military beatings, and the physical stress of travelling hundreds of miles; killed a fourth of them, thus the calamitous trek was named the Trail of Tears.
Lewis and Clark reach the Pacific Ocean - Explorers Lewis and Clark map out areas of the Louisiana Purchase and eventually reach the Pacific Ocean.
In 1841, after the region west of the colonies was Indian free and safe to travel, white Americans took another big step moving west: the Oregon Trail. This terrestrial…

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