Major Economic Forces Motivating White Settlement of the West


Objectives:
Students will be able to:

Materials:

Procedure:

I. Using the Westward Expansion MapView (link), students should study the displayed area on their screens, noting:

    Students should learn the history of the Oregon Trail

    Students should learn the history of Fort Laramie

    Students should learn the history of Gold Rushes in America.

II. Using the same Westward Expansion MapView (link), students should study the displayed area on their screens, noting:
    Students should learn the history of the Transcontinental Railroad.

    Students should make observations and predictions about the Encroachment of US States into the West.
  
III. Using the same Westward Expansion MapView (link), students should study the displayed area on their screens, noting:
    Students should make observations about the correlation between population growth and railroads & gold rushes.

    Students should make observations about the correlation between population growth and land development for the West. 

    Students should learn about the Homestead Act's role in motivating Westward migration.

IV. Optional Data Visualization Activity

    The role of valuable land in population growth and statehood dates (the Dakota territories example)