Impact Of Westward Expansion

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Westward Expansion was the desire of America to control the territories of western parts of America that were either unclaimed or occupied by other nations. It is pertinent to discern that England influenced the United States in diverse ways. In the second half of 18th century, the railroad which that was invented in England brought a significant impact in the United States expansion to the West. Railroads originated from England. England had a dense populace, substantial financial resources and short distances between its cities. Conversely, in America the story was different. It had a sparse population, few financial resources and considerable distances between cities in a vast country. The transcontinental railroad mainly increased Westward Expansion in the US during 1860-90.
Westward Expansion is perceived as the central theme of the history of America during the 18th century and as the primary factor in American history shaping. The most significant influence or force that shaped American society and democracy is the availability of vast free land in the West which affected the American culture profoundly. Drives after the revolution, the Western parts of United States were opened up by the winning of independence that resulted in the steady flow of migrants to the Mississippi valley. The far west was a region of high mountains, strange rock formations, brilliant colors, deserts and immense distance. The discovery of paths made it possible for migration to the west of United States as the ox-driven carts could cruise through the mountains and across the desert (Roza, 2011). It should be noted that at this time persons had the desire of moving out of the overcrowded cities to settle in the uninhabited lands in the west of US. Consequently, there was the development of infrastructure to the west. Railroads were constructed that linked the west and east of United States. This was accompanied by mushrooming of cities towards the west as constructions of communication lines were ongoing (Quay, 2002).
The construction of infrastructure that was extended from the East to the West paved the way for more migration to the west. The settlers occupied the uninhabited land in the west and commenced developing it.
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