What Were The Impact Of Westward Expansion

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As we have previously seen how racial, class, and gender inequality impacted the development of the North American colonies and the early United States it also impacted the expansion as well. Westward expansion began 1783 and by about 1853 the United States almost tripled in size. The western part of the country in the early 1800’s wasn’t well populated at the time. Expansion took place in the east and moved westward. Therefore, we have the start to westward expansion. Westward expansion help shape the development of the United States bought Indian removal, the Mexican American war, and slavery.
Indian removal helped shape the development of the United States by developing its stance of foreign-policy and expanding slavery into the west
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“By the time Jefferson become President, in 1800, there were 70,000 white settlers west of the mountains.” The more the whites moved westward the more that they began to out number the Indians. Jefferson believed that if they were not able to remove the Indians that they would not be able to advance in the agriculture area because of not having enough space due to the Indians being on the land. Jefferson thought the Indians should move to small pieces of land and settle and strictly stick to farming. After the Revolution happened large amounts of the Indian tribes’ land were put up for sale with the exception of the Chickasaws because they made a treaty that made sure they got to keep their land. Indian removal was the cause of the Jacksonian democracy which said that there is no such thing as free land, there is an elimination of property qualification which between 1790 in 1856 all property qualifications were dropped. Families practically had no other choice but to leave their …show more content…
Indian removal helped shape the development of the United States by developing its stance of foreign-policy and expanding slavery into the west which allowed for more agriculture opportunity because the whites were pushing the Indians out of their land so that they could take over to advance in their agriculture. Also, westward expansion impacted the development of the United States when colonists came across Mexico and disagreements of land caused conflict. The Mexican-American war started the manifest destiny and the goal was to overspread over all of the country. Which by the end of the war they had done a pretty good job at doing so. Lastly, westward expansion impacted the development of the United States for creating unrest within states (sectional divide) over the discussion of slave state versus free state. Because slavery was the backbone of America it helped the expansion a lot. Moving westward helped expand the amount of agriculture that was being produced there for it was helping boost the economy because they were able to make more money because they had more land. As we come to a conclusion we see that the westward expansion help develop the United States in many good

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