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Overview of Westward Expansion?Causes and Ramifications

Westward Expansion Presentation (due Week One)
Prepare an 8-15-slide Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentation with speaker's notes in which you detail Westward expansion and development. Maps may be included in your slides. Your presentation should cover the following topics:
a. Overview of expansion into the West
b. Causes of development
c. Impact of expansion upon native Americans
d. Physical, social, and economic impact of events on West development
e. Commercial and economic development of the West following the Civil War
f. Businesses in the sub-regions
1) Great Plains
2) Rocky Mountains
3) Southwest
4) Northwest
5) California

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Here are a few things to think about:

1. Google is a good source for maps to include in your slide show, and very easy to incorporate.

2. Expansion into the West was caused by the promise of opportunity and the belief in manifest destiny, or that Anglo Americans were obligated to expand the United States from one coast to the other. Manifest destiny became especially prominent after Louis and Clark's early 19th century exploration of the Louisiana Purchase, which more than doubled US territory and stretched the fledgling nation from one side of the other. The promise of riches and land lured many Westward, as did the promise of a new or better life. In the case of Latter Day Saints, or Mormons, westward movement was also spurred by a desire to escape religious persecution. Later, the promise of gold caused a veritable rush westward.

3. Native ...

Solution Summary

This is a basic outline of American Westward expansion in the 19th century, its causes and consequences. This is NOT an essay, but a good starting point.