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Westward Expansion

TermDefinition
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 delivered 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 States to the Western United States
Union Pacific began building train track west from Omaha, Most workers were Irish Immigrants
Central Pacific began building train track east from Sacramento, California. Most workers were Chinese immigrants.
Promontory Point place in Utah where the Union Pacific met the Central Pacific and connected the transcontinental railroad
Chinese Immigrants Made up almost 80% of the central pacific workers.
Red Cloud told Union Pacific they were scaring away buffalo.
Gen. William Tecumsah Sherman warned the Native Americans that nothing would stop the building of the railroads.
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 House (soddy) houses made from sod (soil) on the Great Plains.
sodbusters the name for farmers on the Great Plains.
Pioneers new settlers.
Created by: 00021235r2