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Key Question 2: Why did people settle and stay in the West?

What was the importance of the belief in Manifest Destiny?

By 1853 the USA had rights to owning the whole of North America yet feared that
unless the land was filled by White Americans,…

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Once travellers reached Independence, the frontier between the Plains and the east,
they had to buy provisions, wagons and mules. Quite often they got ripped off as they
were willing to pay anything and consequently not having enough supplies.
Alternatively they could get too much and would suffer under the…

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Why did the Mormons move west?

Brigham Young took over as leader of the Mormons decided that the Mormons
needed an area of land which was uninhabited and the Mormons could live alone free
from persecution surrounding their beliefs. He decided to move to the Great Salt
Lake on the…

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Building houses was a major problem in an environment where there was no wood.
They used earth, which earned the homesteaders their nickname `sodbusters', to build
these houses which had to withstand gales, drought, insects and prairie fires. Farming
was a huge problem. The ground was too hard for the…


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