Westward Expansion Outline

Westward Expansion Outline - Westward Expansion I Routes to...

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4/12/10 Westward Expansion I. Routes to the West Traveled by a wagon pulled by 2 oxen Wagon was about 4 feet wide and 10 feet long Put tar on the bottom of the wagon to try and keep it water-tight for when they get to a river Cover went up at an angle to better protect against rain Parts also had to be universal in case they needed a new part during their trip A. Santa Fe Trail (1821) About 780 miles, took about 2 months From Independence, Missouri to Santa Fe Santa Fe was an established town, very big trading town, very prosperous When Americans are looking to move west, they want a town that is already established; even though it was under Mexican control The big issue with the Santa Fe trail is what route you should take; you could go on the Trouss Trail which was much longer, but much safer (wouldn’t run into any Indians) The Comanche Indians were very violent and dangerous Big trail until about 1880 (railroads come into play) B. Oregon Trail (1846) From Independence, Missouri to Portland About 2,000 miles long, took about 6 months After the Gold Rush, they start breaking off the trail and head to California People were drawn to Oregon because they area had very wet, fertile land
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This note was uploaded on 01/11/2012 for the course HIST 111 taught by Professor Onlinecourse during the Fall '08 term at South Carolina.

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