What phrase is associated with the Westward Expansion? (Hint: only requires a few words)
In the 1800s, America expanded its borders to the West, bringing new land and resources. This period is known as Westward Expansion and it was driven by the idea of Manifest Destiny. The government used the Louisiana Purchase and the Oregon Trail to help facilitate this expansion.
Manifest Destiny: the 19th-century belief or doctrine that the expansion of the US throughout the American continents was both justified and inevitable Homestead Act: a US federal law that allowed any adult citizen who had never taken up arms against the US government to claim up to 160 acres of surveyed government land Transcontinental Railroad: a railway line built in the late 19th century that connected the eastern and western parts of the United States
The first American train was not built until 1828, long after the start of Westward Expansion. The California Gold Rush of 1849 was a major factor in the Westward Expansion. The Pony Express, a system of courier routes, was only in operation for 18 months, but it greatly aided in the communication of information during Westward Expansion.
Did you know?
How did the Industrial Revolution contribute to westward expansion?
What challenges did people face when moving westward?
What are the benefits and drawbacks of westward expansion?
What were the consequences of westward expansion for different cultures?
Brain break: Draw a pizza flying on a rocket into outer space!
Question: How did the Westward Expansion affect the Native American population? Clues: • Look at the Indian Removal Act of 1830. • The Transcontinental Railroad was built in the 1860s. • The Homestead Act of 1862 gave settlers free land. In pairs: Select and solve one of the tasks: A. Draw a timeline to show the events of the Westward Expansion. B. Create a pamphlet to explain the impact of these events on the Native American population.
What is the name of the famous trail that pioneers traveled west on?
- Oregon Trail
- California Trail
- Santa Fe Trail
- Chisholm Trail
What was the name of the law passed in 1862 that gave settlers up to 160 acres of land for free?
- Homestead Act
- Land Act
- Westward Expansion Act
- Pioneer Settlement Act
'Manifest Destiny' was a belief popular during Westward Expansion. What did it mean?
- The belief that American settlers were destined to expand across North America.
- 'Manifest Destiny' is a book written by John O'Sullivan
- 'Manifest Destiny' was a treaty signed between US and Mexico
- 'Manifest Destiny' meant expanding towards East
Who were some famous people associated with Westward Expansion?
- Daniel Boone
- Lewis and Clark
- Davy Crockett
- All of above
Which state became part of United States after being purchased from Russia in 1867?
Work together in pairs: What challenges did people face when traveling westward during the period of Westward Expansion?