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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 A buisness that delivered from Missouri to California in just ten days
Telegraph Invention that sent messages along wires using electricty
Samuel B. Morse Developed a way to send telegraph messages
Transcontinental Railroad A railroadacross the continent linking the eastern United States to the Western United States
Union Pacific Began building train tracks west from Omaha. Most workers were Irish Immagrants
Central Pacific Began building train tracks east from sacramento, California. Most workers were Chinese immagrants.
Promontory Point Place in Utah where the Union Pacific met the Central Pacific and connected the transcontinental railroad
Chinese Immagrants Made up almost 80% of the Central Pacific workers
Red Cloud Told Union Pacific workers they were scaring away the 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 immagrants
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
Exodusters Thousands of African Americans pioneers who moved to the Great Plains and started communities.
Nicodemus, Kansas A succesful community started by exodusters
Technology The use of new ideas to make that improve people's lives
Entrepreneur A person who starts a new buisness hoping to make a profit
Levi Strauss Began making pants out of blue denim that were sturdy and didn't tear- the first blue jeans
Reservation Area of land set aside for Native Americans
Sitting Bull Chief of the Lakota tribe in the black hills South Dakota
Col. George Custer Led the 7th Cavalrey on a mission to defeat the Lakota and force them onto a new reservation
Battle of Little Bighorn Battle in which Crazy Horse helped lead the Lakota to victory against the U.S forces
Chief Joseph A Nez Perce chief who led hos people to the Canadian to avoid moving to a reservation.
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