Western Expansion

By DrewZ28
  • Treaty of Fort Laramie

    Treaty of Fort Laramie
    The treaty assigned each Native American tribe a set area, where they would stay.
    Most Lakota and Dakota did not know of the Treaty of Fort Laramie and they continued to steal from other tribes.
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    Western Expansion

  • Homestead Act

    Homestead Act
    The Homestead Act stated any adult citizen of the United States that had not fought for the Confederates could claim 160 acres of government land at a small cost.
    This main idea of this act had first been mentioned in the Articles of Confederation.
  • Indian Peace Commission is established

    Indian Peace Commission is established
    The Indian Peace Commission tried to move the Indians from their land to reservations.
    The government wanted them to stay either on a reservation in Oklahoma or in the Black Hills of the Dakotas.
  • Transcontinental Railroad Completed

     Transcontinental Railroad Completed
    The Central Pacific and the Union Pacific were competing to see who could lay down the most track.
    Before the railroad's completion, it cost $1000 to travel from New York to San Francisco (now as little as $65 on the new Transcontinental Railroad.)
  • Battle of Little Bighorn

    Battle of Little Bighorn
    Colonel George Custer and his own group of about 210 soldiers were annihilated by the Indians.
    4,000 Native Americans attacked the small group.
  • End of the Cattle Boom

    End of the Cattle Boom
    The Cattle Boom had happened in the South and the West Coast of America
    The Cattle Boom ended as a result of many things, including over hunting, over grazing, and introductions to chicken and sheep meat.
  • Dawes Act

    Dawes Act
    The Dawes Act granted the head of each Indian family 160 acres. This act reduced the amount of Native American land from 138 million acres to 78 million acres.
  • Oklahoma Land Rush

    Oklahoma Land Rush
    The Oklahoma Land Rush occurred when 2 million acres of land that was owned by Indians was made available.
    Some important towns, such as Norman and Oklahoma City, came up almost overnight.
  • Closing of the Frontier

    Closing of the Frontier
    In twenty five years, the western frontier was settled.
    Threee million people made farms on the Great Plains in this time.
  • Battle of Wounded Knee

    Battle of Wounded Knee
    Chief Big Foot and about 350 Indians were surrounded by US troops.
    300 of the Sioux and twenty five soldiers died.
  • Populist Party founded

    Populist Party founded
    The Populist Party was also called the Peoples Party of America.
    The patry's first national nominating convention met in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • William Jennings Bryan's “Cross of Gold” speech

    William Jennings Bryan's “Cross of Gold” speech
    The speech talked about whether to endorse the free coinage of silver at a ratio of silver to gold of 16 to 1.
    William Jennings Bryan was trying to give a great speech so he would be nominated as the Democratic candidate for president.