The Gilded Age: “Go West!” America’s Last Frontier


Very fertile soil in the NE



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Very fertile soil in the NE

  • By 1890, most of the Great Plains would be settled and divided into ranches and farms

  • Why Settle the Last Frontier?

    1. Push and pull factors explain (movement) of people

      1. factors – factors that push people to leave a place (ex. Religious persecution, ethnic prejudice, war, drought, famine…)

      2. factors – factors that attract people to a place (ex. Religious freedom, economic opportunity)

  • Pull Factors

    1. Discovery of precious metals

    2. Completion of the transcontinental railroad

    3. Relocation of the American Indians

    4. Availability of cheap land

  • Discovery of Precious Metals

    1. of 1849

    2. Discovery of and in Colorado, Nevada, South Dakota, etc.

    3. Pulled (goldminers) westward




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