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  • Manifest Destiny
  • Native Americans
  • Westward Expansion
  • The 19th century belief that the united states would inevitably expand westward to the pacific ocean and into the Mexican territory.
  • Gold Rush
  • Native Americans were forced to move westward so that the American people could move in their homes, mine for gold, and increase land.
  • Homestead Act
  • Former US president Thomas Jefferson believed that the nations future depended on its westward expansion. In 1803 the Louisiana purchase took place doubling the country west.
  • Transcontinental railroad
  • The discovery of gold nuggets in the Sacramento Valley in early 1848 sparked the Gold Rush, arguably one of the most significant events to shape American history during the first half of the 19th century.
  • offering 160 acres of land free to any citizen or intended citizen who was head do household.
  • Congress passed an act to build the first transcontinental railroad. the railroad line is linking the Atlantic and pacific coasts of the united states completed in 1869.
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