Westward Expansion

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    Westward Movement

  • Treaty of Fort Laramie

    THe treaty sets forth traditional territorial claims of the tribes among the themselves. The Treaty produced a brief period of peace, but it was broken by the failure of the United Sates to prevent the mass imigration of settlers and miners during the Pike's Peak gold rush.
  • Homestead Act

    For a land grant the occupant must be 21 or over, had to live on the land for 5 years, and show evidence of having made improvements. The Homestead Act was signed into law by Abraham Lincoln.
  • Indian Peace Commision Established

    It was established to negociate peace with plains Indian tribes who were at war with the United Sates. The United Sates wanted to mave the indians to reservations away from the routes of the United Sates westward expansion
  • Transcontinental Railroad Completed

    Travel time between America's east and west coast were reduced from months, to less than a week because of the railroad. The impact from the railroad finally opening was immediate and dramatic.
  • Battle of Little Bighorn

    Little Bighorn was the place of Indians' power. After the battle, the indians came through and stripped the bodies of all the soldiers.
  • End of cattle boom

    The cattle boom ended because there were too many cattle. the barbed wire closed off the open ranges.
  • Dawes Act

    The Dawes Act had a negative effect on American Indians. The act was American attempts to destroy the Indians tribes.
  • Oklahoma Land Rush

    50,000 men, women, and children, on horseback, in wagons, and even on bicycles stampeded into what is now central Oklahoma to stake out their claims. Within a few hours, all the land was settled.
  • Closing of the frontier

    By the 1990's most of the west's population lived in cities. The frontier line had been broken up.
  • Battle of Wounded Knee

    In the morning, the troops went in to the camps to disarm the Lakota. The United states took victory and thenatives were massacred.
  • Populist party founded

    The populist party was formed by the Farmers Alliance. Many things were done and Presidential conventions were held and that's how it was founded.
  • William Jenning Bryan's "Cross of Gold" speech

    The speech is considered one of the greatest political adresses in American history. The speech was given in Chicago, Illinois. The speech got him nominated for president by the Democrats.