Reasons for westward expansion
- Good, free farmland: the second factor that attracted people to
travel the long and difficult Oregon Trail to the Oregon Country.
- Gold rush: a time when people from many different places hear
about gold being discovered and then move to that place to get the
- Natural resources:
the third factor that attracted people to travel west into the frontier.
One example of people moving west for the natural resources is the
California Gold Rush.
- Religious freedom : one factor why people moved into the frontier
west in the 1800s.
- Mormons: one example of a group that moved into the frontier west
for religious freedom.
- "Go west young man": Horace Greeley's advice to individuals who
were looking for an opportunity to improve their economic situation.
Horace Greeley was a New York newspaper editor. He wrote the article
in 1846 and many people took his advice and moved west to make a
- Land and natural resources: two things available to the settlers
that helped solve their economic problems. Land was inexpensive
and often free. Natural resources such as precious metals and animals
used for the fur trade were available.
- Two economic factors that influenced settlers to move west: 1)
plentiful and inexpensive land in the west and 2) problems in the