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Western Expansion

California Gold Rush period where thousands of people went west to search for gold
Cattle Drive when cowboys guided huge herds of cattle North to new railroad lines extending across The Great Plains
Pony Express business that deliver mail from Missouri to California in just ten days
Telegraph invention that sent messages along wires using electricity
Samuel B. Morse developed a way to send telegraph messages
Transcontinental Railroad a railroad across the continent linking the Eastern United Stated to the Western United States
Union Pacific began building train track west from Omaha, most workers were Irish
Central Pacific began building train track east from Sacramento, California . Most workers were Chinese immagrants
Promontory Point place in Utah where Union Pacific met Central Pacific and connected transcontinental railroad
Chinese Immigrants made up 80% of of the Central Pacific workers
Red Cloud told Union Pacific workers they were scaring away the buffalo
Gen. William Tecumsah Sherman told the Native Americans that nothing would stop them form building the railroad
Homestead Act of 1862 law that offered free land to American citizens and immigrants who were willing to start new farms on the Great Plains
Homesteaders settlers who claimed land through the Homestead Act
Sod Houses (Soddy) houses made from sod (soil) in the Great Plains
Sodbusters the names for farmers on the Great Plain
pioneers new settlers
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