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Westward expansion became very popular in the mid 1800s. The immigration of the American people to the west was mainly cause by the Homestead Act of 1865, which promised 160 acres of land to any American that moved out west and settled for five years, in which it would then become theirs. This movement out west would allow the American's to start fresh and gain wealth. After this, the discovery of gold and silver became more fre- quent, which also influenced many Americans to move out west. Gold and silver created many mines that then creat- ed mining towns, which created a place for people to move and creating several job opportunities. Not only did Americans move out west but other groups did as well in- cluding slaves that had been freed to try and start a new life, Mormons who were trying to remove themselves from the persecutions, and farmers that were trying to de- velop new agriculture. photos/5831953/Mine - Lunch.gif Several instances of war occurred in the mid to late 1800s. Soon after the war instances in the 19th century, the Ghost

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