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Westward Expansion in America - Chapter Summary
Westward expansion marks an important period in American history. This chapter examines the timelines and influences for events that took place during this period. Students can review summaries of these events and explore specific facts to deepen their understanding of westward expansion. After completing this chapter, students will have the knowledge to:
- Define and summarize the Northwest Ordinance
- Summarize and identify facts and the importance of the Louisiana Purchase of 1803
- Describe the ideology and timeline of Manifest Destiny
- Discuss westward migration to the Pacific Ocean via the Oregon Trail
- Share details about the Mexican-American War, Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and the Wilmot Proviso
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1. The Northwest Ordinance: Definition & Summary
In this lesson, we will learn about the Northwest Ordinance, the 1787 act of Congress that laid the groundwork for adding new territory to the United States.
2. The Louisiana Purchase of 1803: Summary, Facts & Importance
This lesson discusses the Louisiana Purchase. Learn more about the most important real estate deal in American history and how it influenced the growth of the United States. Then test your knowledge with a quiz.
3. Manifest Destiny: Definition, Summary and Timeline
Manifest Destiny was a term coined by John O'Sullivan in 1845. It encompassed the idea that the United States was destined to occupy all the land between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
4. The Oregon Trail: Westward Migration to the Pacific Ocean
Throughout the first half of the 19th century, the United States expanded its borders all the way to the Pacific Ocean, fulfilling its manifest destiny. Find out about the reasons people wanted this land, the path that took them there and the politicians who supported it all.
5. The Mexican-American War, Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo & the Wilmot Proviso
The controversial Mexican-American War lasted from 1846-1848. In this lesson, discover how the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo expanded the southern part of the United States all the way to the Pacific Ocean.
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