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Westward Expansion

Grade 4

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War of 1812 War between the colonists against Native Americans and the British British burned down Capitol and the White House
railroad replaced steamboats because they were cheaper, faster, and safer
steamboat a main form of travel on large rivers
cotton gin a machine that could quickly remove seeds from cotton that improved the farming industry
farm implements - a reaper: a tool used to cut wheat - steel plow: used to cut through heavy soil
The Louisiana Purchase France sold Louisiana Territory to U.S. and it doubled the size of the country
The Lewis and Clark Expedition - Explorers who were trying to find a Northwest Passage to the Pacific Ocean - research plants and animals - form good relationships with Native Americans
The acquistions of Texas (the Alamo and independence) - Alamo: fight between Mexicans and settlers over Texas and Mexico won - Settlers declared Texas' independence after the Alamo loss.
Oregon Trail a trail that started in Missouri and ended in Oregon that settlers used to travel West
California Gold Rush People from all over the world rushed to California in search of gold.
Created by: mochateacher