Westward Expansion

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Westward Expansion


The United States was not always as big as it is today. In fact, before the 1800s it had only about a quarter of the territory we have today. Between 1803 and 1853, the United States almost tripled its size due to exploring, settling new land, and making treaties with other countries. The most influential treaty was the Louisiana Purchase.

In 1804, Thomas Jefferson sent one man and his faithful friend on an expedition to explore the land west of United States. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set out to map this uncharted area, to find a route to the west coast, and to establish a relationship with the Native American tribes of the west. They also kept journals and sketches to study the plants, animals, and geography they encountered.

The Louis and Clark Expedition

Manifest DestinyManifest Destiny was the belief that it was our God-given right to expand throughout the continent. Americans believed this was both their destiny and their duty to civilize the wild land of the west and bring democracy and liberty to every part the US.

Grade 5History of the US19th Century Westward Migration and Expansion


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