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Westward Expansion

During the first half of the 19th century, the United States acquired millions of acres of new territory, and its citizens quickly began heading west to settle this wilderness. In this BrainPOP movie on westward expansion, Tim and Moby will teach you about the hardships they faced, and the rewards they reaped. You’ll learn the concept of Manifest Destiny, and how it helped spread white Americans across undeveloped lands. You’ll also hear about what life on the trail was really like on the Oregon Trail, the 3,200-km route traveled by hundreds of thousands of pioneers. Finally, you’ll find out how the American Indians of the West were treated, and how the U.S. government broke its promises to them. So hitch up your oxen, load up your covered wagon, and hit the trail!

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