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The Westward Expansion The westward expansion started in 1860. The only major cities were New York, Boston, Brooklyn Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, St. Louis and New Orleans. Within these cities there were multiple railroad networks and these cities have more than 25000 acres of improved agriculture land. The westward expansion was a to control the unclaimed western parts of America. It also was a way to take over the areas that were already being occupied. One of the biggest impacts to the westward expansion were the railroads. The railroads helped cities trade their resources and people traveled to different cities by train. Being that the railroad was invented in England, it is easily understood that the United States is influenced by England. However, England and the United States were much different at the time. England had the finances and the population, while the United States finances were minimal. The railroad was a huge impact on the westward expansion because now new trades and new ways of getting resources were coming about. America was shaped by society and democracy and it expanded due to the free land in the west which effected the American society. “Drives after the revolution, the Western parts of

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