The Expansion Of Westward Expansion Essay

749 Words Oct 3rd, 2016 3 Pages
With the growing population of the Americas, westward expansion became increasingly more inevitable. The soil in the east wasn’t able to keep up with the increasingly crowded population, and the rich westward soil peaked countless farmers interested. However, before the transportation revolution there was no way to arrive there. However, as the new transportation technologies grow, the westward expansion increases. The new transportation technologies such as the canals, steamboats, and early railroads the bound the east and west throughout the early 1800s, providing a means for goods to carried. They allowed an increasingly efficient means of traversing the countryside, accelerating manifest destiny, or the inevitable expanse of land throughout North American. Just as John C. Calhoun argued, these interval improvements of transportation powerfully “[bound] all sections of the nation together.” The first means of transportation were privately owned turnpikes that took tolls for a profit. But the west continued to grow, and the need for a means of public transportation with government support grew as well. James Madison was strongly against the use of national funding for transportation, believing that it wasn’t in the power of the constitution to do so, but he still said “I am not unaware of the great importance of roads and canals and the improved navigation of water courses” (Madison 1). Eventually though, Calhoun won and work began on the first national road, However,…

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