Impact Of Westward Expansion

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Westward Expansion and the First Transcontinental Railroad
The nineteenth century was a period of revelation and magnification for the Coalesced States of America. The Westward Expansion emerged by America’s desire to expand economically and territorially. Driven by the compulsion of consummating their manifest destiny, many Americans packed their paraphernalia, got their families yare, and commenced their peregrination to the West of the Amalgamated States. This great migration was mostly done utilizing wagon trains (Corbett et al., 2016, 481). Most Americans and immigrants peregrinated along trails, such as the California, Santa Fe, and Oregon Trail, to get to the West. These trails were long, exhausting, and lacked safety. In 1862, with the approbation of the Pacific Railway Act, this migration to the West took a crucial turn. This act sanctioned the Cumulation Pacific Railroad and the Central Pacific Railroad, to build an incipient track that connected the East and West of the Cumulated States. This incipient track is better kenned as the first transcontinental railroad. The development of the first transcontinental railroad was responsible for a substantial increase in the Westward Expansion from 1870 through 1890.
The Westward Expansion is considered as one of the most crucial events of the 19th century in America. To President Thomas Jefferson, westward expansion was crucial to the nation’s health (History.com Staff, 2009). Jefferson believed that, in order to
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