Essay on After the Louisianna Purchase

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After the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, a large amount of land west of the original 13 states and the Northwest Territory were acquired. The open land, additional benefits and other existing problems encouraged Americans to expand westward. The American people began to realize that the future of the country lay in the development of its own western resources. There were many reasons that made the people face the grueling and dangerous movement west, but the primary reason was economy.
"Like the Spanish conquistadors before them, the Americans looked beyond the Mississippi, they saw an open beckoning. Despite the presence of hundreds of Indian nations with rich and distinct cultures, who had populated the land for thousands of
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"Of the exports of the United States in 1820, the statistics gave to New England about twenty percent, nine-tenths of which were from
Massachusetts"(Turner 11).
Then in a short period of time, the section witnessed a transfer of the industrial center of gravity from the harbors to the waterfalls, from the commerce and navigation to manufacturers (Turner 13). "Water power became the sites of factory towns, and the industrial revolution which, in the time of the embargo, began to transfer industries from the household to the factory, was rapidly carried on"(Turner 14). A new class began to develop.
Farmers moved into towns, and their daughters began to work in mills.
Agriculture, though still very important to many New England people, became a declining interest. "By 1830 New England was importing corn and flour in large quantities from other sections. The raising of cattle and sheep increased as grain cultivation declined"(Turner 46). With the cattle and sheep raising becoming more popular, it encouraged emigration from New
England because it decreased the number of small farms. "By the sale of their lands to wealthier neighbors, the New England farmers were able to go west with money to invest"(Turner 15).
The Middle Region, which included New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, was a transition zone.

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