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My Westward expansion
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This is how the east met the west with it's blood sweat and tears of the people seeking wealth and a better way of life.

This is how the east met the west with it's blood sweat and tears of the people seeking wealth and a better way of life.

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  • 1. My Westward Expansion
    ABC Book
    Created By:
    Matthew Martinez
  • 2. Westward Expansion Timeline
    map of territorial expansion
    Created By: Matthew Martinez
    Created By:
    Matthew Martinez
  • 4. Andrew Jackson
    Created By: Matthew Martinez
    Andrew Jackson – 7th president of the United States(1829-1839) He was a staunch champion of states' rights against federalism, and his administration was marked by expansion in Texas, wars with the Indians and his rejection of the Bank of the United States.He took Lincoln’s place after his murder. Andrew Jackson passed the law called “The Indian Removal Act” in his second year of presidency. This act set forth the handling of Indian affairs. In fact the Cherokee were forced off their lands on the “trail of tears” and to their death in 1838.
    Born: 15 March 1767
    Birthplace: Waxhaw, South Carolina
    Died: 8 June 1845
  • 5. Brigham Young
    Created By: Matthew Martinez
    Brigham Young- (Best Known AsEarly Mormon leader)
    In 1835 three years after he joined the Mormon church, he was called to the Quorum of the Apostles as successor to Joseph Smith, he led the migration west.
    He led the great Mormon migration of 1846-48 and oversaw the church's establishment and growth in Utah. An early convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (also known as the Mormons),Young was named president of the church after the 1844 murder of its founder, Joseph Smith. In 1846 to the Rocky Mountains and he found Salt Lake City. Young led the Mormons west and personally chose the site of the church's new colony, which became Salt Lake City.
    Born: 1 June 1801
    Birthplace:Whitingham, Vermont
    Died: 29 August 1877
  • 6. California Gold Rush
    Created By: Matthew Martinez
    In January 1848, James Wilson Marshall discovered gold while constructing a saw mill. It was in the American River Northeast of present-day Sacramento It was reported to the San Francisco newspaper but nobody believed the account. But they had proof so on May 1848 30,000 people headed to California. Ships that docked in San Francisco Bay at the height of the fever risked losing their entire crews to the goldfields. Although 80 percent of the "forty-niners" were from the United States and all states were represented, this migration also was a global event, drawing gold seekers from California Indian bands, East Asia, Chile, Mexico, and western Europe. For the United States it was the largest mass migration to date, flooding the previously lightly traveled trails to the West Coast as more than 1 percent of the nation's population moved to California in just a few years.
    This event was called the
    “California Gold Rush.”
  • 7. DryFarming
    Created By: Matthew Martinez
    Dry Farming- was an agricultural method that allowed crops to be cultivated on the prairie. Which typically received low levels of rainfall and endured very hot summers and harsh winters. Growers who practiced dry farming cultivated some fields while allowing others to lie fallow. Dry-farming techniques evolved where settlements during the early part of the 1850s, for example, Americans in California began to raise crops such as winter Wheat, whose principal growing season coincided with the winter rainfall season.
    A type of farming practice
  • 8. Exodusters
    Created By: Matthew Martinez
    Exodusters- was a name given to African Americans who fled the Southern United States for Kansas in 1879 and 1880. After the end of Reconstruction, racial oppression and rumors of the reinstitution of slavery led many freedmen to seek a new place to live.African Americans
    homesteaders who moved westward during the
    last decades of the nineteenth century to settle
    on the Great Plains. In the South of 1877, the
    twelve-years period of reconstruction (1865-
    1877), civil rights for African Americans began to
    erode. Southern states legislatures adopted laws, so called “Black Codes” restricted rights for African Americans this was the cause for the civil War.
    BLACK LAW CODES in 1895:
    A law restricting the freedom of former slaves and were designed to assure white supremacy.
  • 9. Fremont, John Charles
    Created By: Matthew Martinez
    John Charles Fremont- (Best Known As: The man who mapped the West ) hewas one of most famous explorers of the American West and a towering figure in the history of California's 19th century gold rush. He graduated at Charleston College in 1830. His father was a Frenchman, and his mother a Virginian. He was an instructor in mathematics for the U.S. Navy from 1833-1835. In the late 1830s and early 1840s he explored and surveyed much of the American west, in particular the Oregon Trail. He eventually settled in California and grew wealthy during the gold rush of 1848. Nationally famous as an explorer, soldier and politician
    Born: 21 January 1813
    Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia
    Died: 13 July 1890
  • 10. Gadsden,James
    Created By: Matthew Martinez
    James Gadsden- U.S. soldier and diplomat. He was appointed an officer in the U.S. Army in 1812. He established military posts in Florida in 1820 and supervised the forced removal of Seminole Indians to reservations in southern Florida in 1823. In 1832 he negotiated a treaty for the removal of the Seminoles to the West, and he served in the war that followed the refusal of some Seminoles to leave Florida. He had a meeting in Mexico City on December 30, 1853 as the U.S. minister to Mexico with the General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, president of Mexico, and he signed the “Gadsden Purchase.” This purchase and treaty settled the dispute over the exact location of the Mexican border west of El Paso, Texas; giving the U.S. claim to approximately 29,000 miles of land.
    Born: May 15, 1788,
    Charleston, S.C.,
    Died: Dec. 26, 1858
    Charleston, S.C
  • 11. Homestead Act
    Created By: Matthew Martinez
    The Homestead Act-is one of three
    United States federal laws that gave an applicant
    freeholdtitle to an area called a "Homestead" –
    typically 160 acres (65 hectares or one-fourth
    section) of undeveloped federal land west of the
    Mississippi River. The law required three steps: file an application, improve the land, and file for deed of title. Anyone who had never taken up arms against the U.S. government, including freed slaves, could file an application to claim a federal land grant. The occupant also had to be 21 or older, had to live on the land for five years and show evidence of having made improvements.
    The original Homestead Act was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln on May 20, 1862
  • 12. Indian Removal Act
    Created By: Matthew Martinez
    The Indian Removal Act was strongly supported in the South, where states were eager to gain access to lands inhabited by
    the FiveCivilized Tribes. In particular,
    Georgia, the largest state at that time, was involved in a contentious jurisdictional
    dispute with the Cherokee nation.
    President Jackson hoped removal would resolve the Georgia crisis..
    The Indian Removal Act was also very controversial. While Native American
    removal was, in theory, supposed to be voluntary, in practice great pressure was
    put on Native American leaders to sign removal treaties. Most observers, whether
    they were in favor of the Indian removal policy or not, realized that the passage of
    the act meant the inevitable removal of most Indians from the states. Some Native
    American leaders who had previously resisted removal now began to reconsider
    their positions, especially after Jackson's landslide re-election in 1832. Affected
    tribes include the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole.
  • 13. John Fitch
    Created By: Matthew Martinez
    An American mechanic and inventor, was the first to build and operate a steam boat successfully.
    In July 1788 Fitch successfully launched a new
    and larger boat, which made many trips between Philadelphia and Burlington, N.J., carrying as
    many as 30 passengers at a time. In 1790 he put
    another boat into service that made regularly
    scheduled runs across the Delaware River.
    Despite this success, however, steamboat travel
    was not accepted by the public. This, combined
    with constant mechanical troubles and uncertain
    financial backing, resulted in the failure of Fitch's enterprise.
    John Fitch (1743-1798)
  • 14. Kearny, Stephen
    Created By: Matthew Martinez
    U.S. Army officer. He served in the War of 1812
    and later on the western frontier. At the outbreak
    of the Mexican War, he was ordered to seize
    New Mexico and California. Using diplomacy to
    persuade Mexican troops to withdraw, he
    marched unopposed to Santa Fe, where in 1846
    he proclaimed a civil government for the province.
    Heading to California, he was informed that the
    conquest had already been completed by
    Robert F. Stockton and John C. Frémont. He
    arrived to discover that Mexican rebels had
    retaken most of the province. He then joined
    forces with Stockton to defeat the rebels in 1847. After initial opposition from Frémont, who had persuaded Stockton to appoint him governor,
    Kearny pacified the rest of California and
    established a stable civil government. He was
    then sent to Mexico, where he died of yellow fever.
    Born: Aug. 30, 1794,
    Newark, N.J., U.S.
    Died: Oct. 31, 1848,
    St. Louis, Mo.
  • 15. Lewis and Clark
    Created By: Matthew Martinez
    First overland expedition to the U.S. Pacific coast and
    back, led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.
    Initiated by Pres. Thomas Jefferson, the expedition
    set out to find an overland route to the Pacific,
    documenting its exploration through the new
    Louisiana Purchase. In 1803, Thomas Jefferson
    commissioned Capt. Meriwether Lewis and Lt.
    William Clark to explore what is now the northwest
    United States. The Louisiana Purchase later the same year altered the character of the planned expedition from an exploration of French territory to a first glimpse of lands that, in the view of many contemporaries, were essential to maintaining the agrarian, republican character of the nation.
    Lewis and Clark
  • 16. Manifest Destiny
    Created By: Matthew Martinez
    Referred to a growing conviction that the
    United States was preordained by God to
    expand throughout North America. This conviction of a destined glorious future for the United States had roots in colonial times. Many colonial leaders adopted time-honored expansion imagery from the Bible, portraying northern European Protestant colonists as the new Israelites and North America as the new Promised Land to justify conquering new lands and dominating other cultures. Motivated by ideas of manifest destiny, the new English-speaking settlers rebelled in 1835 in an attempt to form an independent state. A series of reactions led to the annexation of Texas in 1845 and war between Mexico and the United States in 1846.
    The stories of Native
    American and Mexican
    resistance to Anglo-Saxon
    occupation are well known.
  • 17. New Orleans Louisiana Purchase
    Created By: Matthew Martinez
    A territory of the western United States
    extending from the Mississippi River to the
    Rocky Mountains between the Gulf of Mexico
    and the Canadian border. It was purchased
    from France on April 30, 1803, for $15 million
    and officially explored by the Lewis and Clark
    expedition (1804-1806). In 1762 France had
    ceded Louisiana west of the Mississippi River
    to Spain, but Spain returned it to French control
    in 1800. Alarmed by this potential increase in
    French power, Pres. Thomas Jefferson
    threatened to form an alliance with Britain.
    Napoleon then sold the U.S. the entire
    Louisiana Territory, although its boundaries
    remained unclear; its northwestern and
    southwestern limits were not established until
    1818 – 19.
    The purchase doubled
    the area of the U.S.
  • 18. Oregon Trail
    Created By: Matthew Martinez
    A historical overland route to the western United States extending from various cities on the Missouri River to the Oregon Country and later Oregon Territory. The trail was opened in 1842, and by 1845 more than 3,000 migrants had made the arduous journey. After the coming of the railroad, the trail fell into disuse and was finally abandoned in the 1870s. Major U.S. route to the Northwest in the 1 9th century. It stretched about 2,000 mi (3,200 km), from Independence, Mo., to the Columbia River region of Oregon. First used by fur traders and missionaries, it was
    heavily used in the 1840s by travelers to
    Oregon, including settlers of the "great
    migration," led by Marcus Whitman.
    Of all western trails, it was in use for the longest
    period, surviving competition from the railroad by serving as a trail for eastward cattle and sheep drives.
  • 19. Panning for Gold
    Created By: Matthew Martinez
    In almost all cultures around the world throughout
    history, gold has been valued and sought as a
    precious metal: gold as a mineral, gold as a
    commodity, gold as a precious object. The search for gold led the masses to migrate westward and pan for gold. The nuggets found in the American River near Sacramento by James Marshall in 1848 spurned the rush of some half-million people in search of instant wealth. They encountered successive waves of explorers, would-be colonizers, and immigrants, including Spanish missionaries, Mexican and Californio rancheros, Russian hunters, and American trappers, traders and farmers. Who was a Californian? And what did California mean to them?
    California’s beauty and its immense bounty of natural resources. Each saw a different kind of "gold" to be reaped from this land.
  • 20. Quincy, John Adams
    Created By: Matthew Martinez
    (1817 – 25), he was instrumental in acquiring Florida
    from Spain and in drafting the Monroe Doctrine. Adams's presidency was unsuccessful; when he ran for
    reelection, Jackson defeated him. In 1830 he was elected
    to the House, where he served until his death. He was
    outspoken in his opposition to slavery; in 1839 he
    proposed a constitutional amendment forbidding slavery
    In any new state admitted to the Union. Following Andrew Jackson's victory in 1828, Adams was elected to the
    House of Representatives, where he opposed nullification, the imposition of a gag rule, and annexation of Texas. In 1841, abolitionists persuaded him to defend the right to freedom of fifty‐three Africans before the Supreme Court in United States v. The Amistad (1841).
    He was the only
    Federalist senator
    from New England to
    vote for the Louisiana
  • 21. Robert Fulton
    Created By: Matthew Martinez
    In 1801 he was commissioned by Robert R. Livingston to
    build a steamboat, and in 1807 Fulton's Clermont made
    the 150-mi (240-km) journey up the Hudson River from
    New York City to Albany in 32 hours, cutting 64 hours off
    the usual sailing time. It became the first commercially
    successful steamboat in the U.S. Fulton also made
    important contributions in portrait painting, canal
    engineering, and naval warfare. Born in Pennsylvania,
    he lived most of his adult life in Europe. His first naval
    project was the submarine Nautilus, manually driven
    underwater and tested successfully in French waters in
    1800. He later designed several other steamboats,
    including the world's first steam warship (1812). He was
    a member of the commission that recommended building
    the Erie Canal.
    The steamboat used for troop transport in the War of 1812, and the construction of the first steam warship in history, USSFulton the First.
  • 22. Santa Fe Trail
    Created By: Matthew Martinez
    A trade route to the southwest United States
    extending about 1,287 km (800 mi) westward
    from Independence, Missouri, to Santa Fe,
    New Mexico. First traversed in 1821, it was
    the primary wagon and stage route to the
    Southwest until the coming of the railroad in
    1880. Historic wagon trail from
    Independence, Mo., to Santa Fe, N.M.,
    U.S. An important commercial route from
    1821 to 1880, it was opened by
    William Becknell and used by merchant
    wagon caravans. When the Santa Fe
    railroad was completed in 1880, use of the
    trail ceased.
    A 780-mile (1255-km) wagon route
    from western Missouri to Santa Fe,
    New Mexico, that opened in 1821
    and was frequently used, mainly
    for trade
  • 23. Transcontinental Railroad
    Created By: Matthew Martinez
    The world's First Transcontinental Railroad was
    built between 1863 and 1869 to join the eastern
    and western halves of the United States.
    Transcontinental railroads helped open up
    unpopulated interior regions of continents to
    exploration and settlement that would not
    otherwise have been feasible. In many cases
    they also formed the backbones of cross-
    country passenger and freight transportation
    Networks.. its construction was considered to be
    one of the greatest American technological feats
    of the 19th century. Known as the "Pacific
    Railroad" when it opened, this served as a vital
    link for trade, commerce, and travel and opened
    up vast regions of the North American heartland
    for settlement.
    The railroad resulted in the end
    of most of the far slower and
    more hazardous stagecoach
    lines and wagon trains, and it
    led to a great decline of traffic
    on the Oregon and California Trail
  • 24. Union Pacific Railroad
    Created By: Matthew Martinez
    When East met West, Union Pacific Railroad
    was there. The principal operating subsidiary
    of Union Pacific was chartered by Congress
    in 1862 to build part of the first
    transcontinental rail line. Today, it is one of
    North America's largest railroads, providing
    freight transportation over 32,000 route miles
    of track across the western two-thirds of the
    US. It links every major West Coast and Gulf
    Coast port and provides service to the east
    through major gateways in Chicago, St. Louis,
    Memphis, and New Orleans. Union Pacific
    Railroad is the nation's largest hauler of
    chemicals and one of the largest intermodal
    carriers. It also serves all six major gateways
    to Mexico and connects with Canada's rail
    In 1865 construction of the
    Union Pacific begun. from
    Omaha westward Central Pacific, to NW of Ogden, Utah, thus connecting the Missouri River and the Pacific Ocean by rail
  • 25. Vigilante
    Created By: Matthew Martinez
    Colonial era in America - Formally-defined vigilantism arose in the early American colonies.
    Established the mid-18th century, for instance, the Regulator movement of American colonial times was composed of citizen volunteers of the frontier who opposed official misconduct and extrajudicially punished banditry. 19th century - A lynching carried out by the San Francisco Committee of Vigilance of 1856. Later in the United States, vigilante groups arose in poorly governed frontier areas where criminals preyed upon the citizenry with impunity For generations, the figures have been associated with the vaunted vigilantes who cleaned up the gold camps in 1864 and earned a place in history as great heroes.
    Thomas Dimsdale’s The
    Vigilantes of Montana,
    praised and defended the
    hangmen’s work and
    heralded them as founding
    fathers, a portrait that endures
  • 26. Wounded Knee
    Created By: Matthew Martinez
    Hamlet and creek in southwestern South
    Dakota, the site of two conflicts between the
    Sioux Indians and the U.S. government. In
    1890 the Sioux had been inspired by the
    Ghost Dance movement to take up arms and
    reclaim their heritage, but federal military
    intervention quelled the rebellion. On
    December 29 a young brave became
    involved in a scuffle while surrendering, and
    a trooper was killed. Soldiers fired at the
    Indians, killing more than 200 men, women,
    and children. Thirty soldiers also died. The
    so-called Battle of Wounded Knee is
    regarded as the final episode in the
    conquest of the North American Indian.
    Events claims that during the
    process of disarming the Lakota,
    a deaf tribesman named
    Black Coyote was reluctant to
    give up his rifle claiming he
    had paid a lot for it.
  • 27. Pony eXpress
    Created By: Matthew Martinez
    The Pony Express was a fast mail service
    crossing the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains,
    and the High Sierra from St. Joseph, Missouri,
    to Sacramento, California, from April 3, 1860 to
    October 1861. It became the west's most direct
    means of east-west communication before the
    telegraph and was vital for tying California closely
    with the Union just before the American Civil War.
    Although a financial failure, the Pony Express
    successfully filled the communication gap before
    the completion of the telegraph, provided
    westerners with speedier access to family and
    friends in the East, improved contact between
    western military outposts, proved the Central
    Route was passable year round, and paved the
    way for permanent transportation systems along
    its route.
    In 1860 there were about 157
    Pony Express stations that were about 10 miles (16 km) apart along the Pony Express route. This was roughly the distance a horse could travel at a gallop before tiring. At each station stop the express rider would change horses
    to a fresh horse
  • 28. York(black slave on the Lewis & Clark Expedition)
    Created By: Matthew Martinez
    An African American slave best known for his
    participation with the Lewis and Clark Expedition. As
    William Clark's slave, he performed hard manual labor
    without pay,but participated as a full member of the
    expedition. Like many other expedition members, his
    ultimate fate is unclear. There is evidence that after the
    expedition's return, Clark had difficulty compelling York
    to resume his former status, and York may have later
    escaped or been freed, but nothing is entirely clear on
    this.York was William Clark's servant from boyhood,
    and was left to William in his father's will. The journals
    record that the assignments given him attest to his skill
    in scouting, hunting and field medicine, but included
    manual labor in extreme weather conditions. York used
    a firearm to hunt game such as buffalo, as well as for
    The native nations treated York with respect, and he “played a key role in diplomatic relations" because of his appearance
  • 29. Zebulon Pike
    Created By: Matthew Martinez
    As a United States (US) Army captain in 1806-1807, he
    led the Pike Expedition to explore and document the
    southern portion of the Louisiana Purchase and to find
    the headwaters of the Red River, during which he
    recorded the discovery of what later was called
    Pikes Peak. Captured by the Spanish while wintering in
    present-day Colorado after his party got confused in its
    travels, Pike and his men were taken to Chihuahua,
    present-day Mexico and questioned by the governor.
    They were released later in 1807 at the border of
    Louisiana. As a prisoner, Pike was treated very well by
    the Spaniards. However, they confiscated most of his
    papers. (He managed to conceal some notes in his
    men's rifle barrels.) Finally, after a year's absence, he
    was returned to the United States at Natchitoches, La.,
    by a Spanish escort.
    After the outbreak of the War of 1812 he was promoted to brigadier general (1813)