The West Summary

The West Summary - The West Summary & Analysis The Big...

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Winning the American West Between 1850 and 1912, seventeen western states joined the Union, completing the continental United States. In 1860, America's frontier began at the Missouri River. Just 30 years later the United States Census Bureau declared that there was no longer a frontier at all. In 1848, California was a virtually empty Mexican territory, and San Francisco had only 850 residents. By 1900, California's population had reached almost 2 million and San Francisco was home to almost 350,000 people. 12 Between 1860 and 1880, the US population increased by 60%, but western regions grew several times faster – the populations of Kansas and Nevada increased by more than 800%; Nebraska grew more than 1400%. 13 In 1849, the Sierra Nevada mountain range was an unspoiled wilderness; gold seekers hazarded a cross-county trip by wagon train or an ocean voyage around Cape Horn or through the disease-ridden Isthmus of Panama. By 1900,
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