American West: Why move to the west?

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  • Why move West?
    • Pull (good factors)
      • Mountain men claimed there was fish and furs
        • 1820s and 30s
      • West promised space and the government made land cheap
      • the West promised freedom and independence - mainly for Mormons
      • there was fertile land in the west
        • because of the corn price collapse farmers faced ruin
    • Push (bad factors)
      • Mormons were being persecuted for their religion
      • wheat and corn prices collapsed
      • banks crashed in 1837
        • people lost savings, wages were cut and unemployment increased
        • wheat and corn prices collapsed
      • the East was becoming overpopulated
  • The Gold Rush
    • Gold was discovered in California in 1848
    • Gold discovered in the Rockies 1858 - 59
      • all this promised wealth to a bankrupt nation
        • gold discovered in the Black Hills 1874
        • Gold was discovered in California in 1848
    • gold discovered in the Black Hills 1874
    • Pull (good factors)
      • Mountain men claimed there was fish and furs
        • 1820s and 30s
      • West promised space and the government made land cheap
      • the West promised freedom and independence - mainly for Mormons
      • there was fertile land in the west
        • because of the corn price collapse farmers faced ruin

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