Westward Expansion

Updated: 5/13/2020
Westward Expansion

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  • Oregon Mountain Men
  • This Trail leads right to Oregon. Its just right through the mountains.
  • Oregon Trail
  • Are we there yet?
  • 'Manifest Destiny'
  • Come west with us!
  • ManifestDestiny!
  • The mountain men were trappers who used their skills to survive off of the Oregon territory. They used their survival skills to build forts and trails, used to lead settlers across the mountains
  • Mexican-American War
  • Stay over there!
  • Travelers set out to find freedom. they found the mountain men's trails west, and had to go through rough terrain, disease and some died on the way. This enabled travel for thousands of people to move west.
  • Mormons in Utah
  • This is an amazing place to build our settlement.
  • Most Americans thought that they had a government like no one else, and superior culture. They thought it was their God given duty to spread out across North America.
  • California Gold Rush
  • I don't think there is gold here...
  • GOOLD!
  • The expansion west angered Mexicans had control of the territory. The Americans and Mexicans fought for 20 months for land in the west. The Americans, after beating the Mexicans, expanded west gaining control of California New Mexico and Arizona
  • This land belongs to the United States of America
  • Mormons were being persecuted in the east so they went for refuge in Utah. Men, Women, and children built homes there that attracted settlers heading west.
  • Gold was found in California, which started a large amount of people to start looking for fortune. Only few people found wealth, settlers moved to California, which helped it become a state in 1850.