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Unformatted text preview: 6-15-07Questions-Why and How did the United States expand so rapidly between 1800 1860?Westward Expansion-War of 1812 left Americans confident and ready to move out and take control of new areas.-Abraham Lincoln oFamily had moved about 5 times by the time he was 21, all short moves but much more difficultoTypical of American family at that time, everyone always on the move, searching for something better.-Louisiana Purchaseo$15 Million dollars, and it doubled the U.S.s claimsoArea went to Spain after 1763, by 1800 Napoleon had made a secret agreement with the Spanish after they were conquered to regain the territory.oMississippi river was virtually the only way to get goods to and from the upper-midwest, both sides of the mouth of the river were controlled by Spain, so in a time of conflict Spanish could close off the mouth of the river devastating trade in the areaMexican- American War(1846 1848)-American settlers brought slavery into Texas province which was illegal in Mexico. Mexico....
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