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    gold rush and westward expansin

    Dear teachers,

    Could you please if "gold rush" and "westward expansion" are of the same concept? American history confused me.

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
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    Re: gold rush and westward expansin

    The Californian Gold Rush of 1849 drew people from the eastern part of the country (and rest of the world) and so contributed to western expansion; but opening up the Eyre Canal meant that people arriving in New York were able to travel west more easily in their search for land 'out west'. Then there were the Land Stampedes, where prospective settlers lined up, and at a signal, raced to stake claim to a piece of land they had their eye on, so they could settle and farm it as their own. The millions of settlers who arrived in the New World to find a better life, who wanted to farm or raise cattle, contributed to this Western Expansion, and the coming of the railway meant that more and more of the land in the West was opened up.

    See if your video store has the movie How the West Was Won. You couldn't have a better potted(=put into a short and easily understood form) history lesson!

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    Re: gold rush and westward expansin


    Dear David,

    Thank you very much for your explanation. Now I understand it. Unfortunately my vidio store doesn't have the movie How the West Was Won.

    Have a nice weekend.

    Jiang
    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    The Californian Gold Rush of 1849 drew people from the eastern part of the country (and rest of the world) and so contributed to western expansion; but opening up the Eyre Canal meant that people arriving in New York were able to travel west more easily in their search for land 'out west'. Then there were the Land Stampedes, where prospective settlers lined up, and at a signal, raced to stake claim to a piece of land they had their eye on, so they could settle and farm it as their own. The millions of settlers who arrived in the New World to find a better life, who wanted to farm or raise cattle, contributed to this Western Expansion, and the coming of the railway meant that more and more of the land in the West was opened up.

    See if your video store has the movie How the West Was Won. You couldn't have a better potted(=put into a short and easily understood form) history lesson!

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