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American History - Lesson 8

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opportunities
chances to live a better life
wilderness
a land in its wild, natural state where few or no people live
Congress
the lawmaking part of government
territories
parts of the US land that are not states
pioneers
people who are the first to settle in a region
beyond
on the far side; past
steamboats
ships powered by steam engines
ports
places where ships stop to load and unload goods
mules
animals like horses that can be trained and used to pull or carry things
canal
a waterway made by humans
trade
the business of buying and selling or exchanging items
goods
things for sale
Oregon Trail
a pioneer trail leading northwest from Missouri to Oregon
California Trail
a pioneer trail leading southwest from Missouri to California
prairie schooners
strong wagons covered to keep out wind and rain and pulled by animals
illegal
not allowed by law
labor
workers
sectionalism
caring more about your own part of the country than about the country as a whole
balance
a division of power
Union
The United States