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Westward Expansion 2019
Terms in this set (17)
An idea held by a nineteenth-century Americans that the United States was destined to rule the continent, from the Atlantic the Pacific.
a period from 1848 to 1856 when thousands of people came to California in order to search for gold.
1845 incorporation into the United States of America of the Republic of Texas, which was admitted to the Union as the 28th state.
A factor that draws or attracts people to another location
Gadsden Purchase (1853)
Acquired additional land from Mexico for $10 million to facilitate the construction of a southern transcontinental railroad.
Factors that motivate people to leave old residences.
Mexican Cession, 1848
Land that Mexico ceded to the United States in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848. This territory included CA, NM, NV, AZ, UT, TX, and parts of Colorado and Wyoming.
Which reason did the United States give for declaring war against Mexico in 1846?
To defend U.S. territory from Mexican aggression
What was the point of manifest Destiny for America?
to get all the land in North America
Texas was admitted to the U.S. as a?
James K. Polk won the presidential election of 1844 because?
He wanted to help American Expansion
How did the U.S. acquire Oregon?
a treaty was signed that divided U.S. and British claims to this territory.
Pacific Railway Act
1862 legislation to encourage the construction of a transcontinental railroad, connecting the West to industries in the Northeast (Union Pacific and Central Pacific RR)
What is an impact of the gold rush on California's environment?
Rivers became filled with sediment.
When the U.S. acquired Oregon it?
was able to expand all the way to the pacific ocean.
Bessemer Steel Process
A new way to create steel that led to mass production of steel which helped with the building of railroads.
Expansion of Railroads caused?
huge population booms in the Northwest
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