In what ways was the westward movement central to

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In what ways was the westward movement central to (white) America’s sense of itself? How do James Fennimore Cooper, Thomas Cole, and Davy Crockett exemplify America’s search for its national character? Movement West Between 1790 and 1840, 4.5 million American crossed the Appalachians, one of the great migrations in human history In 1790, western states contained 3% of US population By 1830, 28% By 1850, over 50%, they typical American was a westerner Movement west was one of the most salient features of American life between 1790-1860 Indian Removal Between 1820 and 1844, Americans push Native Americans off remaining tribal lands east of the Mississippi Indian population in east drops from 125,000 to 30,000 Whites claim 3 million acres in Midwest, 25 million acres in Old Southwest Which tribes? Chickasaw, Choctaw, Cherokee, Creek, and Seminole Why the new urgency for removal? o During the War of 1812, pro-British tribes virtually wiped out, pacifying new lands o After the War of 1812, even pro-American tribes were in trouble: Americans no longer needed the Indians as a “buffer” Native Americans couldn’t play Europeans off of each other Native Americans were “squatting” on some of the most valuable real estate in the country; cotton is the engine of the economy now, and the Indians are on that land
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