The Impact Of Government Policy On The West

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The day was February second 1848. The United States had just signed the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, granting them more than five hundred thousand square miles of land. What was America going to do with the new land? The land they had just received was undeveloped and arrant. Some way or another, the united state needed to develop this land quickly. Ultimately, I believe government policy has had the biggest impact on developing the west. There were several policies that the government put in place to develop the west. First, trans pacific railroad act helped create transportation to the west. Second, Homestead Act gave people a reason to move to the west. Lastly, the Dawes Act and the reservation policy is what ultimately diminished the old …show more content…
This act was passed in 1887 by congress. The reason this law was passed was to assimilate Native Americans into new “American” culture, and end tribal control of reservations. In the west, Native Americans lived on valuable land that white Americans needed for there own use. Also, many believed it was there duty to save Native Americans, and adopt them into their new culture. The Dawes Act, along with many others laws limited Native Americans to control their own territory. In the article, “Cleveland signs the Dawes Severalty Act” a sentence states, “consequently, Indians eventually lost 86 million acres of land, or 62 percent of their total pre-1887 holdings.” This is an astonishing number. Native Americans in this country lost most of their land. Even though ripping the Native Americans culture away was socially unacceptable, politically, I believe we have developed amazing technology with their land. We have advanced our own agent and created successful states that lead in productivity. Ultimately, from a political prospective the Dawes Act has allowed to push our own agenda and develop the west like no …show more content…
In addition, I would argue that the big businesses that hire the basic blue collard workers are the ones who have had the greatest impact on the west. One example is the companies that controlled the mining industry. During this time period, big corporations banded together and headed west to find pure metals. Along with these corporations came workers. Many people left there homes and sought westward to play a role in these companies. Another example would be the gold rush of 1848. During the gold rush, big companies were frantically searching for workers. Thousands of people headed west to follow this gold trail. Even though a majority of these people worked for big companies, these people literally had the most impact on the development of the west. They were the ones who did the hard jobs and stuck with it for years. Ultimately, I believe you could make the argument that big companies, and individual people made the most impact on the

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