Chapter 17 Reading Exercise 1 - Discuss the reasons why Americans were drawn to expansion in the late nineteenth century Americas expansion to the west

Chapter 17 Reading Exercise 1 - Discuss the reasons why...

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Discuss the reasons why Americans were drawn to expansion in the late nineteenth century. America’s expansion to the west in 19 th century was influenced by several factors. The growing population is one of the major reason for the expansions of America in late 19 th century. Americans believed that expansion was needed to keep America strong and growing. America’s belief in domination drove them to believe that they needed to stake their claim in land before other countries claimed the land. The government also motivated the citizens to move west, with the objective to acquire new territory from foreign powers. With the advancements in technology and farming expansion it would also lead to improvements in military technology. Secondly the farmers during this time required the need for more land to put their livestock on and grow crops. Land in the east was scarce due to overcrowding so moving west would give farmers options to buy land. The need for expansion fell back on Americans idealism that by relocating Native American tribes and taking control of their land was a way of helping Native Americans gain a financial control decrease the need of government assistance. Lastly Most of the American citizens and government officials believed in the notion of “manifest destiny” as which Americans were destined to control the entire continental land from east to west and south to north this destiny resulted in expansion included shifting of farmers and merchants. One idea remained, America had a need for domination and to expand as far out as possible.

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