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Westward Expansion

 Great Plains................................................................................................7

 Exodusters..........................................................................................................8

Gold Rush...........................................................................................................5

Native Americans.............................................................................................4

Inventions...............................................................................................3 

Bison.........................................................................................................6 

 

Obstacles While Travling west...................................................................................1

Homestead Act..............................................................................................2

 

 

              Table of Contents

    Obstacles While Travling West

 

People who traveled West had many obstacles one of them was Mountains, The Mounatins were hard for them to go around. Another one was Rivers, People and horses drowned trying to cross because it was hard to cross.

 

      The Homestead Act

The Homestead  act is a law were if you work on 160 acres of land for five years you could keep it and own it. Freed slaves used this law because they could not afford anything because they had just gotten out of slavery.

                      Inventions   

      

People made inventions to make everyone's life easier.  One of the inventions were the steel plow, the steel plow tilled the hard packed ground.  Another invention was the windmill,the windmill brought scarce water up to the surface.

             Native Americans

The transcontinental railroad had a negative impact on the Native Americans.  The railroad killed most of the bison.  They were forced off there land.  They lost there way of life because of the transcontinental railroad

                       Gold Rush

A gold rush is a sudden movement to were gold has been discovered.  People would try to get there first.  If they did not get were the gold had been discovered before it was all gone.

                                Bison

Bison were the main food source for Native Americans.  Bison would trample the Transcontinental Railroad.  Men were hired to kill them so they would stop trampling the railroad.

                        Great Plains

The Great Plains was a flat grassy area that was travled through while heading west.  The Great Plains was also known as the Great American Desert and Great American Bread Basket.  The soil ws too hard and it was difficult to grow crops.

                   Exodusters

Exodusters was a nickname for African Americans that migrated fro the south to Kansas.  They also migrated around the Mississippi River.  They moved to Kansas because of the anti slavery activists during the bleeding era.