Why Move West

Why Move West

There were several reasons people in the eastern United States chose to move west, the biggest of all was something called Manifest Destiny. Manifest Destiny was the belief that it was the right and inevitable that  the U.S. expand its territory across North America. In addition to this idea of destiny, people went west for economic reasons. First they went for land and farming. Land out west was said to be very fertile. The discovery of gold and riches brought the minners. The population of the United States in the east was growing due to European immigration. The increase in the amount of people was another reason others chose to make the journey west.

In 1862, Congress passed the Homestead Act. This Act granted 160 acres of land to anyone over the age of 21. To get this deal they had 5 years to stay and farm the land. Women, immigrants, and African Americans could get this deal. If you fought for the Confederacy you could not get this deal. 

For more information check out this video: Manifest Destiny: causes and effects of westward expansion




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