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westward Expansion

How America settled the west

TermDefinition
Manifest Destiny Called for the US expansion to the West and beyond. It was inevitable!
Homestead Act Gave 160 Acres of land in the west to a settler who would improve on it by building and farming it for 5 years.
36 30 line The line of latitude that divided the free and slave states.
Transcontinental Railroad Considered the single biggest engineering feat in US history leading it to grow and prosper.
Dawes Act Native American policy to "Kill the Indian and Save the Man", and eliminate Indian culture and their way of life.
Trail of Tears Forceful expulsion of the Cherokee from the East of Northern Georgia to the west in Oklahoma.
Exodusters Black homesteaders that went west (Kansas) to escape Jim Crow and own and farm the land
Boom Town Towns that popped up in the west because of economic opportunities that arose.
Ghost Town Towns that dried up and died out because the economic opportunities that popped up disappeared quickly.
Technological Innovation Because the west was so untamed and had such extremes, in order to pull people west, many of the obstacles needed to be solved for people to succeed.
Created by: tarmstr1