• • • • • • Westward Expansion•

Although the Louisiana Purchase was a great accomplishment of Jefferson, it was slightly politically controversial because Jefferson was a Democrat and he was supposed to follow the Constitution strictly, and nowhere in the Constitution did it say the US could expand.
Lewis and Clark
Time: 1803 Location: Western Territories
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Texas was a popular site for westward expansion when the Mexican government advertised free land in the early 1800s.

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Even among white settlers who benefited most from western migration, the expansion of the nation caused major alterations in American life. For instance, getting crops to market required improved transportation. States responded by giving charters to private companies to build roads (called turnpikes since they charged a fee), bridges, canals, or to operate ferry services. The state gave these companies special legal privileges because they provided a service that could benefit a wide segment of the population.


Westward expansion helped stimulate the American economy.

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This rapid and geographic expansion caused a great deal of conflict. Native Americans in the west resisted American intrusion and fought renewed wars in the early 19th century. Furthermore, the expansion of plantation slavery beyond the coastal southeast meant that huge numbers of slaves were forcibly moved to new territories. In spite of these enormous human costs, the overwhelming majority of white Americans saw western expansion as a major opportunity. To them, access to western land offered the promise of independence and prosperity to anyone willing to meet the hardships of frontier life.


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In fact, western expansion was a direct result of the growing immigration rates into the United States especially after the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, which opened the idea of massive land ownership for all new settlers.

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In this way, Native American removal promoted western expansion because only by clearing a safe way for eastern settlers would the western territories be eagerly settled without the fear of violent relations with Native American tribes.
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As immigration rates increased, population growth was seen across the entire nation, especially in the west as time progressed.

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Western Expansion was possible because of the Indian Removal Act and other efforts to withdraw the Native Americans from their land, such as relocating the Cherokee nation on the Trail of Tears, thus eliminating any confrontations with these tribes for new settlers coming into their communities.

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The Gadsden Purchase and The Treaty of Guadalupe HIdalgo promoted western expansion to the Southwest territories as it established final southern borders of the United States so settlers gained enormous plots of land (virtually the entire southwest) they could migrate to, without the fear of being in undetermined territory.
Gadsen Purchase/Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
Time: December 30, 1853 (Gadsden) Location: New Mexico
February 2, 1848 (Treaty)
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Wilmot Proviso
Time: 1846 Location: Land acquired from Mexico
The Wilmot Proviso was a major political problem in regards to westward expansion.