The Impact Of Western Expansion On The East Coast Of The United States

1489 Words Mar 3rd, 2016 6 Pages
After settling the land on the east coast of the United States, many wanted to gain more out of the land in order to create wealth. The main location of population in Michigan was in certain places for certain reasons. Their lives were not the greatest, but they worked hard for what they had. Western expansion into Michigan was for many important reasons, and became very important in the future of the United States. The Northwest Ordinance was established in 1787 (Lecture, February 2). The ordinance allowed for the creation of the Northwest territory consisting of Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan. Many of the citizens living off of the original colonies of the United States were ready to expand the country westward to this land. Once a territory acquired a population of 60,000, it was guaranteed statehood (Lecture, February 2). Steam navigation, which was brought to Michigan in 1818, and the Erie canal, built in 1825, helped establish emigration to Michigan (Lecture, February 4). One quarter of the people that came to Michigan came from New York (Lecture, February 4). Most of these people that came were the children and grand children of European immigrants. These Michigan settlers arrived through the newly built Erie Canal. This canal, the world’s longest man-made waterway, linked the region of the Great Lakes with the Atlantic coast via the Hudson River (Foner, P. 250). Now that there was an easier way to transport goods to and from Michigan,…
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