The Formation of a National Governme25

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The Formation of a National Government Leaders crafted constitutional, legal basis for young nation THE PROBLEM OF EXPANSION With the end of the Revolution, the United States again had to face the old unsolved  Western question, the problem of expansion, with its complications of land, fur trade,  Indians, settlement, and local government. Lured by the richest land yet found in the  country, pioneers poured over the Appalachian Mountains and beyond. By 1775 the far- flung outposts scattered along the waterways had tens of thousands of settlers.  Separated by mountain ranges and hundreds of kilometers from the centers of political  authority in the East, the inhabitants established their own governments.  Settlers from  all the Tidewater states pressed on into the fertile river valleys, hardwood forests, and  rolling prairies of the interior.  By 1790 the population of the trans-Appalachian region 
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