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Westward Expansion Era

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Westward Expansion Era: The United States History articles in this section on the Westward Expansion Era relate to the important events, famous people and dates from 1841 - 1850.

Westward Expansion Era: 1841 - 1850
The Westward Expansion Era was spurred on by the concept of the Manifest Destiny of America and the belief that Westward Expansion was the divine right of the American people. The goals of Westward Expansion were achieved through the Mexican-American War and the California Republic. California was only just acquired when gold was discovered in the region, sparking the Californian Gold Rush.

The leaders of the country who were elected president during the Westward Expansion Era were John Tyler, James Polk and Zachary Taylor.

President John Tyler and the Westward Expansion Era: John Tyler Presidency (1841-1845)
Important events in United States History during the presidency of John Tyler includes the Treaty of 1842 with Great Britain, First telegraph line, 1844 and The Oregon Trail - United States History for Kids.

President John Tyler
Webster-Ashburton Treaty with Great Britain
First telegraph line and the Morse Code
The Oregon Trail
Texas Annexation
Invention of Grain Elevators
Repeal of the Gag Rule

President James Polk and the Westward Expansion Era: James Polk Presidency (1845-1849)
Important events in United States History during the presidency of James Knox Polk includes the Manifest Destiny, The Mexican-American War, The California Republic and the Bear Flag Revolt, Oregon Treaty 1846, California Gold Rush, 1848 and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo - United States History for Kids.

President James Polk
Westward Expansion
Manifest Destiny
The Mexican-American War
California Republic and the Bear Flag Revolt
Oregon Treaty 1846
Wilmot Proviso of 1846
California Gold Rush
1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
Text of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
Elias Howe Sewing Machine

President Zachary Taylor and the Westward Expansion Era: Zachary Taylor Presidency (1849-1850)
Important events in United States History during the presidency of Zachary Taylor includes the Galphin scandal - United States History for Kids.

President Zachary Taylor
The Galphin scandal

Crash Course in American History: Summaries of Events in the Westward Expansion Era
A fast overview, or crash course in American History, during the Westward Expansion Era can be obtained from the interesting and important articles on United States History for Kids that can be found in the section. There are summaries and definitions of the key historical events for each of the presidencies of the Westward Expansion Era from 1841 - 1850.

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