Why early pioneers crossed the plains

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  • Why early pioneers crossed the plains
    • Unsettled farmland in Oregon and California
      • Fur trappers and early settlers sent back tales of the land
        • Oregon: free, fertile land
        • California:  free land with climate for growing fruit
    • Economic depression
      • 1837
        • Banks in the East collapsed
          • Savings were lost
            • Many moved west to start a new life as there was nothing left in the East
          • Wages were low
            • Many moved west to start a new life as there was nothing left in the East
          • Businesses failed
      • Victory over Mexico
        • 1948: California became part of the US
          • More accessible and attractive to settlers
      • Government encouragement
        • 1842: Pre-emption Act
          • Settlers could stake a claim for 160 acres
            • After living on their claim for  14 months
              • Settlers could buy the land for $1.25
      • Negotiation with Britain
        • 1846:  Oregon became part of the US ( was Brithish land)
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