The Last West

The Last West - The Last West (1865-1900) 1. Shrinking...

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The Last West (1865-1900) 1. Shrinking frontier – miners came to the west coast , now they are moving east, looking for new places to mine. Cattle drives moving up from the southwest. Farmers and ranchers move to the great plains. 2. Migrant groups – several major groups a. Men made up 75% of all western migrants b. White people made up the largest group by far c. African Americans…by 1890 500,000 were in the west (exodusters – blacks who migrate from the south to the west) free and available land, plus to escape racism d. Foreign immigrants – especially in Minnesota and Wisconsin, eastern European imigrants. 3. Miners a. Development of communities i. Gold/silver find, prospectors rush out ii. A group of undesirables follow iii. If the mine is productive, the community becomes more stable iv. Organized mining companies replace prospectors b. Great strikes i. Comstock lode – from 1859 to 1879 the mining company gets over 300 million dollars of gold and silver c. Major effects
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This note was uploaded on 03/31/2008 for the course HIST 102 taught by Professor Schloss during the Spring '07 term at Texas A&M.

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