Westward Expansion Era
Updated: 5/8/2020
Westward Expansion Era

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  • By the 1840s, Manifest Destiny had Americans in the East eager to expand their horizons.
  • While Lewis and Clark had made their way west from 1804 to 1806, merchants, traders and trappers were also among the first people to forge a path across the Continental Divide. A lot of people didn`t survive due to diseases such as dysentery, cholera, smallpox or flu.
  • At the End of the Oregon Trail, with the completion of the transcontinental railroad in Utah in 1869, westward wagon trains decreased significantly as settlers chose the faster and more reliable mode of transportation.