Why did people want to migrate to the East in the 1840-50's?

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  • Why did people migrate to the West in the 1840-50's?
    • Push Factors
      • 1837 - Banks collapse in the East
      • 20,000 unemployed people demonstrate in Philadelphia
      • 1837- Wheat prices fall: Mississippi farmerrs face ruin
      • 1837- Wages in the East cut by 40%
    • Pull Factors
      • 1848- Gold discovered in California
      • Mountain men tell of fertile land in California
      • Trappers tell of huge amounts of furs and fish in Oregon
      • 1842- Act makes land in Orgeon available cheaply
      • 1858-49 - Gold discovered in Rocky Mountains
      • Missionaries want to convert Indians to christianity


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