The Role Of Western Migration In The Nineteenth Century

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One major cause of western migration in the nineteenth century was the California Gold Rush. Many poorer families decided to move their entire family by carriage to California in order to make a better living. Families fought through many hardships to achieve this dream, however, as family members died from illnesses such as Camp Fever. While most families looked at the beneficial opportunities of acquiring this gold, many families walked away from this endeavor penniless. As word of this gold rush filtered throughout the rest of the states, California became the primary reason people were settling west at the time. People from all over the country came from boat and from wagon to achieve this newfound “American Dream.” As a result of this…show more content…
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