Settling the West
After the Civil War, a dynamic period in American History
opened—the settlement of the West. The lives of the Western
miners, farmers, and ranchers were often filled with great
hardships, but the wave of American settlers continued. Railroads
hastened this migration. During this period, many Native
Americans lost their homelands and their way of life.
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• Copper is a great water-proof roofing material. It has been
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• Some structures, such as the Statue of Liberty, are made with
• Copper is sometimes combined with nickel to make a
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cause the electrical current to be dispersed rather than
striking, and possibly destroying, a more important structure.
• Copper(II) sulfate is used to kill mildew.
• Copper is often used to color glass. It is also one component of
• Many musical instruments, particularly brass instruments, are
made out of copper
Boom to Bust
Ghost towns were repeated
throughout the mountainous west
Who else would settle the West?
• Ranchers—at first
ranching was not
water, cattle could not
grasses—but in Texas—
longhorn could survive.
Open Range-a vast area of grassland
owned by the government.
• Hispanic cowhands
developed the tolls and
techniques for rounding up
and driving cattle.
• Lariat, lasso, stampede
• After the Civil War meat
• Millions of longhorns
roamed in Texas
• How to move the cattle to
• Long cattle drives-The
• Barbed wire
• “Rain follows the Plow”
• Homestead Act- the
government would give
up to 160 acres of land
and receive the title to
that land after 5 years.
• Life was hard
• The Great Plains were
home to many Native
• Some were farmers
• But the majority were
vast distances following
their source of food—
• As ranchers, miners and
farmers moved out to
deprived of their
• The Buffalo was killed
for sport—by the
With broken treaties, the Native
Americans were forced to relocate.
• Reservations-land set
aside for Native
• The Sioux
• The Lakota
• The Cheyenne
The Last Native American Wars
• Battle of the Little Big Horn
• The Battle of the Little
Bighorn, also called Custer's
Last Stand, was an engagement
between the combined forces
of the Lakota and Northern
Cheyenne tribes against the 7th
Cavalry of the United States
Army. The most famous of all of
the Indian Wars, the remarkable
victory for the Lakota and
Northern Cheyenne occurred
over two days on June 25-
26, 1876 near the Little Bighorn
River in eastern Montana
Territory. The U.S. cavalry
detachment, commanded by
Lieutenant Colonel George
Armstrong Custer, lost every
soldier in his unit.
The Battle of the Little Big Horn
• The Ghost Dance-a
ritual of dance and
prayer that hoped for
the day of reckoning.
• U.S. forbade the Native
Americans to perform.
• They continued despite
• On the bone-chilling morning of December 29, devotees of
the newly created Ghost Dance religion made a lengthy trek
to the Pine Ridge Reservation in southwestern South Dakota
to seek protection from military apprehension. Members of
the(Lakota) tribe led by Chief Big Foot and the Sioux (Lakota)
followers of the recently slain charismatic leader, Sitting
Bull, attempted to escape arrest by fleeing south through the
rugged terrain of the Badlands. There, on the snowy banks of
Wounded Knee Creek (Cankpe Opi Wakpala), nearly 300
Lakota men, women, and children -- old and young -- were
massacred in a highly charged, violent encounter with U.S.
• The U.S. government
just wanted the Native
Americans to just
• Assimilation-to be
absorbed into a culture
• “A Century of Dishonor”
a book by Helen Hunt
Jackson that was critical
of the US policies
• The Dawes Act-similar
to the Homestead Act—
the Dawes Act allowed
the Indians land –it
failed to help the
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