The Effects of the Westward Movement on the Envioronment

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The Effects of the Westward Movement on the Environment The United States has always been one of westward expansion, beginning along the East Coast and continuing, until it reached the Pacific. "The great leap Westward" as described by Theodore Roosevelt. When gold was stumbled upon in California, waves of treasure seekers poured into the area. The California Gold Rush was a major factor in expansion in the West. This discovery of gold had a huge effect on the American economic system is a great way. With so many people eager to arrive in Western America in the 1800’s, it was encouraged we build something that could grant faster travel, so railroads were invented. They were a major technological leap. Before railroads, letters from the East coast to the West coast would take months, but with a train it could be delivered in 10 days. The building of railroads also created many jobs for the immigrants looking for work. It was dangerous and physically toiling, but paid good money. Communities began to develop near the railroad as it inspired a more interconnected society, and they were able to work together easier due to the decreased travel time. The farmers could send more crops longer distances for less money, which had two positive effects. The sellers found new markets in which to sell their goods, and individuals who lived on the frontier were able to obtain goods that were previously unavailable or extremely hard to get. The railroads allowed a less complicated lifestyle and conjoined communities with a greater movement of population. Although it may seem like there are endless positive effects on the environment because of this venture West, there are some bad aspects too. The nature of the West was greatly affected by the development of towns, more specifically, the animals. The discovery of precious minerals such as gold and silver led many

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