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Westward Expansion

Exodusters African Americans who migrated west from Mississippi to Kansas.
Transcontinental Railroad A railroad that linked from Omaha, Nebraska to Sacremento California to transport goods.
Pony Express Mail delivery by horse riders (lasted for one year)
Gold Rush When everybody started migrating to the West to find gold
Telegraph A faster way to send mail than the Pony Express by using electricity
Prospecters People who would mine for gold in the river
Samuel Morse Code A code for the telegraph
Homestead Act Abraham Lincoln declared that you could move out west and have one hundred sixty acres of land for just $18.00! You had to farm it for five years, and if you did it successfully, you owned that land.
Sodbuster A farmer who plowed land (usually lived in a house under a hill for protection of different weather conditions)
Homesteader (same thing as Homestead Act)
Pioneer An early explorer or settler, usually out in the American West.



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