What were the major factors that contributed to the westward expansion of the US?

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What were the major factors that contributed to the westward expansion of the US?

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During the 1800s, the US population stretched from its tiny foothold of the 13 colonies all the way across North America to the Pacific Ocean. This was sometimes called Manifest Destiny, with the belief that the US had the right to control this area.

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Several factors contributed to westward expansion. The US purchased large tracts of land, most notably the Louisiana Purchase, and took the area that...

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Westward U.S. Expansion (1820-1860)

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Chapter 9 / Lesson 11
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This lesson will explain America's 19th century expansion into the West. It will define the concept of Manifest Destiny and highlight the displacement of Native Americans.


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