What did Americans move west for?

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What did Americans move west for?

What did Americans move west for?

Pioneer settlers were sometimes drawn west because they wanted a better life. Others received letters from friends or family members who had moved west. These letters often told of a good life on the frontier. The biggest factor that drew pioneers west was the opportunity to buy land.

What were the 5 reasons settlers moved west?

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  • Gold rush and mining opportunities (silver in Nevada)
  • The opportunity to work in the cattle industry; to be a "cowboy"
  • Faster travel to the West by rail; availability of supplies due to the railway.
  • The possibility to own land cheaply under the Homestead Act.

Did southerners move west?

A much larger second wave began with World War II when more than 4 million Southerners moved north or west, grew even larger in the 1950s when at least 4.3 million left the South, remained close to this level through the 1960s, and then declined in the 1970s and following decades.

Why was westward expansion important?

For Jefferson, westward expansion was the key to the nation's health: He believed that a republic depended on an independent, virtuous citizenry for its survival, and that independence and virtue went hand in hand with land ownership, especially ownership of small farms.

Why did people move west in the 19th century?

Americans moved to the West in the 19th century because people wanted to own their own land and get a fresh start. Expansion also brought them new economic opportunities, such as farming and gold mining.

Why did the pioneers move from east to west?

Still others wanted to move from their homes in the east because they did not like the new industries and developing cities. Pioneer settlers were sometimes drawn west because they wanted a better life.

Why did blacks leave the south for the west?

This provided an unprecedented opportunity for blacks to work toward land ownership and possible wealth creation in the West. The first blacks to leave the South for the West wrote home with stories of opportunity, freedom and economic success.

Why are people so interested in the South?

That tells us something. It tells us that the South is initially a concept and a common one. It is an idea that people can talk about, think about, use to orient themselves and each other. People know whether they are in or not. As a geographer would put it, the South is a "vernacular" region.

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