Westward Expansion - Page 2

Spanning much of the 19th century, the era of Westward Expansion was a time when explorers and settlers pushed further and further west under the philosophy of “Manifest Destiny,” until the United States eventually stretched from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans. This westward movement caused the displacement or deaths of many native peoples and led to conflict between the U.S. government and Native Americans.

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Completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, 1869

Transcontinental Railroad

Summary The Transcontinental Railroad (also called the Pacific Railroad or Overland Route) was the first railway to span the continental United States. Begun in 1863, it was completed in 1869, when eastbound and westbound railroad lines were connected at Promontory Summit, Utah Territory. Background The most prominent early supporter of a transcontinental railroad was Asa …Read More