Continued Westward Expansion During The Colonization Of America

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Continued westward expansion throughout the colonization of America was a necessary growth in order to deal with many increasing tensions and population densities. At the time of the Royal Proclamation line in 1793, Americans had already begun traveling and settling in new areas past the Appalachian mountain range. Farmers, squatter, and religious reformers were some of the masses of people who made the trip out west in hopes of finding land to provide for their kids. Relief from the rule of the political leaders was a common goal for the western travelers as the power of the court thinkers grew in the eastern cities. Slave trade followed into the south-west, allowing plantations to grow rapidly into busy places to export goods, such as cotton. Separation of ideas and ideals had begun showing itself within elections, as political figures publicly expressed their feelings towards slavery and other controversial topics. Meanwhile, throughout westward expansion conflicts erupted between Native American tribes, British rule, American settlers, and other tribes concerning land and territory. Thomas Jefferson signed the documents in 1803 to nearly double the size of the United States and end the presence of the French in North America (Foner, pg. 304). The Louisiana Purchase was in Jefferson’s eyes the ideal way to provide land for farmers who he believed were the “chosen people of God” (Foner, pg. 306). At the time of his signing Jefferson believed that farmers who were the sole…

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