The Homestead Act was a promise that said people had to work on land to own it. They had to work on it for five years. They had to pay $10.00.
During the Gold Rush they looked for stuff like money and food. They had to use some plates to find money in the rivers.
The Transcontinental Railroad helped people go West faster by train. It helped move wheat and corn and stuff.
Exodusters are the people who left the city from the South to the West. They were looking for free land.
The Native Americans are people who the men hunt for food and the ladies stay home and make food and clothing. They live in a large house and use bison fur or deer fur to keep them warm when hunting.
Obstacles were things that were hard when moving West. The soil was too hard for them to go across so they had to go another way. They had to pay to get around and the train was expensive.
The Great Plains is a flat grassy area. It was found heading West. It was so hard to farm because it didn't get much rain so the plants could not grow. The plants died and it was a lot of dirt and grass.
There were inventions that helped. They used a plow to get through the hard soil. The telegraph was like a type writer they used to send messages.