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  • Oregon Trail
  • Gold Rush
  • Transcontinental Railroad
  • The Oregon Trail was a wagon road stretching 2,170 miles from Missouri to Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Our country/lives would be different if the Oregon Trail didn’t exist because it was the only path to the entire western US. Without the trail, most of the West would likely be part of Canada or Mexico today.
  • Texas Revolution/Texas Independence
  • The Gold Rush brought 300,000 people to California. The Gold Rush began when James W. Marshall found gold on his land in January 24, 1848.A total of $2 billion was taken from the land. Our country/lives would be different if the Gold Rush didn’t exist because it changed the population in California.
  • Mexican/American War
  • The railroad was 1,776 miles long. Was constructed between 1863 and 1869 by three private companies. Our lives would be different if the Transcontinental Railroad didn’t exist because the railroad was built in the 1800s to connect Council Bluffs, Iowa, with the San Francisco Bay and revolutionize transport in the US.
  • Lasted from October 2, 1835-April 21, 1836. American Texans meet at Washington-on-the-Brazos and declared independence for Texas from Mexican. This changed our country because Texas gained independence and became the 28th state of the U.S.
  • The war lasted from 1846-1848. This was the first conflict fought on foreign soil. President James Polk believed the U.S. should spread across the continent to the Pacific Ocean. Our lives would be different if the Mexican/American War didn’t exist because the U.S. won they got to set the terms. Mexico agreed with the treaty and the war ended.
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