why move west

why move west

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  • i'm so excited!
  • hey i thing it would be a great idea to move west. i heard about all the opportunities, especially in calofornia. 
  • oh yeah. i heard about that. i can't wait to go make some money! how are we giong to get their though?
  • Here is how we are going to expand west! we are traveling on the transcontinental railroad!
  • This is genius!
  • OMG this is amazing. how is there enough land for everyone to move west?
  • well, the homestead Act was signed. it provides us with 160 acres of public land.
  • that's amazing because now there is much more land for everyone moving west.
  • they want to move west because of the gold rush, job opportunities, population growth, and the homestead Act.
  • My friend. adam, from California, telegraphed me and informed about all the gold. Also be prepared we are getting off at the next stop.
  • $$$$$
  • ok. i can't wait to get rich!
  • they are expanding west by traveling on the transcontinental railroad. the transcontinental railroad linked from east to west. it also created job opportunities, which is why they wanted to move west. the railroad also allowed for faster transportation.
  • Wow, what are these slaves doing?
  • the slaves are picking cotton to put in the cotton gin.
  • the Homestead Act was signed by Abraham Lincoln on May 20, 1820. it encouraged western migration by providing 160 acres of land.  
  • the gold rush allowed people to get rich by mining gold. it lasted from 1848-1845. by using the telegraph people would use morse code which, allowed them to communicate long distances.
  • The cotton gin was an efficient way to speed up cotton processing This caused division between the North and South. The North were non-slave states and the South were slave states. They wanted more slaves to get more cotton. The more amount of cotton there is, the more money the slave owners received.
  • As Americans pushed west, and displaced native Americans, it caused conflict and division. this is because of the industrial revolution and westward expansion. also, general Andrew Jackson pushed the black Seminole nation out of their homes and into the south and central Florida.
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