For what reason did Americans pursue westward expansion in the Nineteenth Century?

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For what reason did Americans pursue westward expansion in the Nineteenth Century?

Reason for Westward Expansion in America:

The American West was only somewhat colonized prior to the United States expanding into the region, though the French held a vast swath of territory covering the Missippi River and its tributary rivers. The Spanish began colonizing the West as early as the 1500s. The British had some territory in the far northwest.

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The United States began expanding westward in the nineteenth century with the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, with the expressed reason of gaining control...

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Westward U.S. Expansion (1820-1860)

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