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United States Expansionism 1790s- 1860s The major American aspiration during the 1790s through the 1860s was westward expansion Americans looked to the western lands as an opportunity for large amounts of free land for growth of industry and manifest destiny This hunger for more wealth and property led Americans conquer lands that were rightfully someone elses Manifest destiny and westward expansion brought many problematic issues to the Unites States verses the Indians that took the Americans to the Civil War The first issue that arose for the Americans was where to put the existing Indians while they conquered their land The United States felt that the Indians needed to be secluded from all other races so that they would become civilized This Indian Territory was where eastern Indian tribes such as the Kickapoos Delawares and Shawnees lived As the population of Americans increased in the western sector of the United States they also invaded that land specially allotted for the Indians Instead of moving the Americans out of the Indian Territory the government minimized the size of Indian Territory by half Now the Northern half was open for white settlement As for the western Indians such as the Sioux Cheyenne and Arapahos American settlers went around them to settle the California and Oregon The Americans decided to stay away from further conflict with the native Americans because they knew they were unable to move them away from their land Americans continued their western movement and put forth their domination over the Indians The first step the United States took in claiming this new land for them was by establishing a land system The Land Ordinance of 1785 established an orderly way to divide up and sell the new lands of the Western United States Shortly after the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 set up a system of government for the land north of the Ohio River Slavery was outlawed
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