Westward Expansion Essay

926 Words4 Pages
The eighteen hundreds were a crucial part to American history. This was the time of the great westward expansion. Starting near the middle of the century, the west began to have an abundance of newcomers. The travelers came in search of gold mines, cattle, and potential new land although the paths that lead west proved to be difficult and deadly. Among the travelers were Lydia Allen Rudd, Joesph G. McCoy, and Edward Gould Buffum. Like all the travelers, these three came westward for better living however, they left journals of their travels. The diaries of the three travelers seem to be an accurate experience for most settlers which helps one to understand the dangers and hardships on the way and the importance of such factors as cattle and mining during the westward expansion. The explorers who moved west all faced a very dangerous route. Lydia Allen Rudd wrote her account of the trip west in a journal. Lydia faced a new hardship in almost every journal she entered. On May 9 she wrote, “We passed a new made grave today . . . a man from Ohio We also met a man that was going back: he had buried his Wife this morning She died from the effects of measles...”. Rudd wrote in such a way that suggested to me, that death was a common thing but still heart-breaking to hear of. A sort of way that suggested she was used to people dying in route but could never get used to thought of dying people in such abundance. Death however, was not the only hardship they faced. Sickness was something that seemed to always follow Lydia’s group. She and the travelers with her were sick throughout the travels. This was expected I presume by traveling in all weathers and with unsanitary foods and animals. She did not seem bitter even still, even through the groups sicknesses she seemed hopeful. A sort of hopeful that makes me smile. In such a bad situation they still

More about Westward Expansion Essay

Open Document