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  • So, in my opinion this short video explains why the westward expansion occured very well.
  • Since his paintings where made during this event they are considered primary sources. This is one of his paintings of a Native American Chief.
  • So, this source tells us that when the Natives were forced westward many died. In the text book it states that "some 4,000 Cherokees died on the 116-day journey"
  • Now, we know that this was necessary for the growth of America, but it is no excuse to push the Natives West and to have many die before their family's eyes.   I say this because in the text book it states that the Americans had no compassion for the Natives and would not stop for the ill people.
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    1. 1. Environment By: Shirley-Ann Feliciano AP US History  Ms.Blatteau
    2. 3. Why did the Westward expansion occur? <ul><ul><li>Dramatic increase in population </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>fertile land </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>slaves wanted to be free </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>more land </li></ul></ul>
    3. 4. The Westward Expansion!
    4. 6. What was the &quot;Trail of Tears&quot;? <ul><li>Trail of tears was when American colonist decided to expand their territory and the Congress, in 1830, passed the Indian Removal Act. In this event five (civilized) Native groups were pushed west: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cherokees </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Creeks </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Choctaws </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Chickasaws </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Seminoles </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>In this event approximately 4,000 Indian died before they arrived to the destination, Oklahoma. </li></ul>
    5. 7. George Catlin <ul><li>What did he do?: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>  Painter </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>  Painted Native Americans during the Trail of Tears </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Advocated preserving nature </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>proposed the idea of creating a national park </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Why are his paintings so important?: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>  They were primary sources of this time period </li></ul></ul></ul>
    6. 8. Some of George Catlin's Paintings
    7. 9. &quot;Trial of Tears&quot;
    8. 10.   Primary Source <ul><li>  The American Pageant, page 284    </li></ul>
    9. 11. How did the westward expansion and the Trail of Tears impact the American identity? <ul><li>-The westward expansion along with the &quot;Trail of Tears&quot; were results of Americans thinking about themselves.  </li></ul><ul><li>For example: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Population was increasing  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>fertile land </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>more land/territory </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>In my opinion, the American identity was influenced by this because it shows us, and the world, how Americans did not put themselves in the Natives' shoes.  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
    10. 12. Bibliography: <ul><ul><li>The American Pageant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Voices of Freedom- source book </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.pbs.org/topics/history/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part4/4p2959.html </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/tserve/nattrans/ntecoindian/essays/indianremoval.htm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Youtube </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ms.Blatteau </li></ul></ul>
    11. 13. Thank You For watching!

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