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Westward Expansion

Westward Expansion

Author: Matthew Hertwig

History-Social Studies

5.8 Students trace the colonization, immigration, and settlement patterns of the American people from 1789 to the mid-1800s, with emphasis on the role of economic incentives, effects of the physical and political geography, and transportation systems. 

4. Discuss the experiences of settlers on the overland trails to the West (e.g., location of the routes; purpose of the journeys; the                        influence of the terrain, rivers, vegetation,  

            and climate; life in the territories at the end of these trails).             

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