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By Dixie Bireley

Westward Expansion

Great Plains.......................................................................................................................1                                                                                                                                                    Transcontinental Railroad..............................................................................................2                                                                                                                                                    Native Americans............................................................................................................3                                                                                                                                                    Obstacles..........................................................................................................................4                                                                                                                                                    Inventions..........................................................................................................................5                                                                                                                                                  Gold Rush..........................................................................................................................6                                                                                                                                                    Homestead Act.................................................................................................................7                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Exodusters...........................................................................................................................8                                                                                                                                                  

 Table of Contents

     Great Plains is a grassy,flat, and dry area.  When people moved west they went through the Great Plains.  People call it the, Great American Bread Basket or Great American Desert.   

 

Great Plains

The Transcontinental Railroad is a railroad streched across the East coast to the West coast.

Transcontinental Railroad

     Native Americans like to live in large open spaces on the Great Plains when people moved west this cahnged.  When people moved west there was not enough land to hunt and live on and the Native Americans were forced on reservations.  White settlers wanted the Native Americans to farm, but they did not know how to farm the difficult land.  

Native Americans

While heading West they had obstacles like, moutains, trails led them through the mountains and they couldn't go over the moutains with their wagons, Rivers, some men and horses drowned while going  through the rivers and they didn't just had to cross one they had to cross multiple ones, it wasn't easy it was hard to cross the rivers, They had to deal with storms, tornadoes, hail, snow, flood, and early snows, and in the summer they had to deal with droughts, dust storms, and swarms of insects.

Obstacles

The first invention was the steel plow, it was used to till [breakup] the hard packed earth the second invention was the mechanical reaper it made harvesting [the picking of crops] easier and faster and the third invention was the windmill it brought scarce water to land

Inventions

The Gold Rush is a sudden movement to where gold has been discovered.

Gold Rush

The Homestead Act is a law that says that you can get one-hundred and sixty acres of land if you worked on it for five years

Homestead Act

The Exodusters are freedman who exited the South for the West.

Exodusters