Westward Expansion and Regional Difference4

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Westward Expansion and Regional Differences Nation, slavery grow in new frontier WESTWARD The frontier did much to shape American life. Conditions along the entire Atlantic  seaboard stimulated migration to the newer regions. From New England, where the soil  was incapable of producing high yields of grain, came a steady stream of men and  women who left their coastal farms and villages to take advantage of the rich interior  land of the continent. In the backcountry settlements of the Carolinas and Virginia,  people handicapped by the lack of roads and canals giving access to coastal markets  and resentful of the political dominance of the Tidewater planters also moved westward.  By 1800 the Mississippi and Ohio River valleys were becoming a great frontier region. 
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Unformatted text preview: "Hi-o, away we go, floating down the river on the O-hi-o," became the song of thousands of migrants. The westward flow of population in the early 19th century led to the division of old territories and the drawing of new boundaries. As new states were admitted, the political map stabilized east of the Mississippi River. From 1816 to 1821, six states were created – Indiana, Illinois, and Maine (which were free states), and Mississippi, Alabama, and Missouri (slave states). The first frontier had been tied closely to Europe, the second to the coastal settlements, but the Mississippi Valley was independent and its people looked west rather than east....
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