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In the beginning moving West was the majority of the barriers and obstructions that the setters had to face Indian attacks blizzards tornadoes flash floods and just being ill prepared among and numerous other hard ships took many settlers lives and were tough to over come The journey was across a uniform dusty wind-swept treeless nothingness The temperatures would very a lot between 110 and below freezing Not to mention that there was no trees for shade or cover from the storms In this book there is a lot of first hand diaries artifacts and photographs that show how it was in the 1800s and how hard it really was to make the trip to the west and live there This book is about how the west was won It is also about emigrants from China and Europe slaves that had just been freed teachers from New England schools and just some farm boys or opportunist from the south and mid west They all found out that the west was so enormous and commendatory They could not believe this native land was so immense and enormous One reason for heading west was the Homestead Act which would give deserving people sites or land to individuals who stayed on there land for five years There were six main Trails that they took the Oregon Trail the Santa Fe Trail Mormon Trail Gila River Trail California Trail and the Old Spanish TrailSome people even came out West on the Transcontinental Railroad that was recently built The settlers could even buy the land on the plains from the Rail Company The rail road company had been granted great tracks of land by the United States government on both sides of the railroad and was later sold to settlers The Native Americans suffered from this flow of people from the east and this would change their lives forever There were many struggles and the quest to just stay alive
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