Westward Expansion 

By Nicholas Patterson

Obsticales While Traviling............................................................1

Traviling West...............................................................................2

Great Plains..................................................................................3

Weather In The West....................................................................4

The Homstead Act......................................................................5

The Homesteders........................................................................6

The Transcontinental Railroad....................................................7

Native Americans........................................................................8

Index............................................................................................9

Table of Contents

 

Obsticales While Traveling

Out west people traviling had to deal with some obsticales. Like rivers, Mountians, etc. They would slow down travelers and some would die! Things like mountians would change with climate. Usally they are rocky and hard to go around. In the winter they would be snowy and slow travelers down even more. Things such as rivers would slow wagons and horses down with water. Some horses and travelers would drown while trying to cross rivers. That is why obsticales imapacted travelers.

Traviling West

 

A lot of people started going out west for many diffrent reasons. A couple of them were gold, land ecape racism, jobs, etc. Some of the kinds of people were exodusters, farmers, homesteaders, etc. People could get there diffrent ways such as wagons and if they had enough money they would travel by railroad. It was dangrous because of the obsticales and the weather cause there were a lot of storms whitch killed or slowed down travelers.

 

There was a lot of good things and a lot of problems in the great plains. Some good things were was there was good rich soil there. It was better for the farmers and homesteaders because of the homstead act. Some bad things were that the soil was too hard, water was scarce, in the summer there was drought, unpredictible weather. know as "Great American Desert" or the "Great American Bread Basket". Also people didn't relize the land's potential. So the great plains has some good things and some bad things.

The Great Plains 

Weather In The West 

The weather in the great plains affected the animals and people there. Diffrent storms needed diffrent conditions. In the summer storms like dust stroms, and swarms of insects were a problem also there was drought in the summer. Threre was unpredictible weather like hail, tornadoes, etc. These storms affected people like farmers because there crops would get ruined. These storms killed some people and slowed others down with there farming. This is why the weather in the great plains was bad.

The homestead act was for homesteaders. If a homesteader live's on the land for 5 years they would get 160 acres of land. But the homsteader had to pay a $10.00 filing fee. If the homesteader decides to abandon the land it will return to the government. Homesteaders liked the idea of the homestead act because they got free land and the soil was rich. Also the homsteader has to be 21 or older and has to be a U.S. citizen. Congress passed the homestead act in 1862.  

 

 

 

The Homestead Act 

Homesteaders were people who were looking for land. When they heard of the homstead act they were exited. They went west cause of the homestead act and to farm land. They were not satisfied of what they were given. There was not a lot of farming land and they weren't given many opportunities. They would disagreed with people such as native americans. They lived in sod houses (a house made of sod). Also they would farm in the great plains so weather would be a big factor in there farming. They were exited but then they were not satisfied. 

The Homesteaders 

The transcontinental railroad was good for the U.S. but bad for the native americans. The people could bring agricultural things like crops so farmers were happy about that. Also a lot more people could travel faster. But some poor whites could still not afford the train even though it wasn't a lot of money. The native americans were forced off there land, they lost there way of life, and the transcontinental railroad killed the bison and the bison trampled the ralroad tracks. So the railroad was good for U.S. but bad for native americans.

The Transcontinental Railroad 

The native americans were indians. Some of them lived in the open space of there reservations in the great plains. They were affected by the transcontinental railroad. They lost there way of living, they got forced off there own land, and there bison would trample railroad tracks. The native americans made trails for people to travel on. Some of them also had to deal with the weather. They were also people to move west. Some men were hierd to kill of bison. Some white settlers wanted the native americans to farm even though they didn't know how. So some of the native americans has a rough life.

The Native Americans 

Exodusters......................................................................................2

Farmers...........................................................................................2

Great Plains.........................................................................3, 4, 6, 8

Homesteaders..........................................................................2, 5, 6

Homestead Act........................................................................3, 5, 6

Native Americans....................................................................6, 7, 8

Obstacles.....................................................................................1, 2

Railroad...................................................................................2, 7, 8

Weather.......................................................................................4, 8

 

 

Index