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Westward Expansion and Regional Difference2

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Westward Expansion and Regional Differences Nation, slavery grow in new frontier Farms were easy to acquire. Government land after 1820 could be bought for $1.25 for  about half a hectare, and after the 1862 Homestead Act, could be claimed by merely  occupying and improving it. In addition, tools for working the land were easily available.  It was a time when, in a phrase coined by Indiana newspaperman John Soule and  popularized by  New York Tribune  editor Horace Greeley, young men could "go west and  grow with the country." Except for a migration into Mexican-owned Texas, the westward march of the    agricultural frontier did not pass Missouri into the vast Western territory acquired in the  Louisiana Purchase until after 1840. In 1819, in return for assuming the claims of 
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Unformatted text preview: American citizens to the amount of $5 million, the United States obtained from Spain both Florida and Spain's rights to the Oregon country in the Far West. In the meantime, the Far West had become a field of great activity in the fur trade, which was to have significance far beyond the value of the skins. As in the first days of French exploration in the Mississippi Valley, the trader was a pathfinder for the settlers beyond the Mississippi. The French and Scots-Irish trappers, exploring the great rivers and their tributaries and discovering the passes through the Rocky and Sierra Mountains, made possible the overland migration of the 1840s and the later occupation of the interior of the nation....
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  • Fall '10
  • New York Tribune, newspaperman John Soule, editor Horace Greeley, new frontier Farms, vast Western territory

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