Expanding Markets & Moving West
CHAPTER OVERVIEW: The economy of the United States grows, and so does the nation’s territory, as settlers move west. Texas is annexed from Mexico, and vast lands in the west are obtained by war.
The Market Revolution
MAIN IDEA: Technological changes created greater interaction and more economic diversity among the regions of the nation.
MAIN IDEA: Americans moved west, energized by their belief in the rightful expansion of the United States from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
Westward Expansion Map Activity
MAIN IDEA: Mexico offered land grants to American settlers, but conflict developed over religion and other cultural differences, and the issue of slavery.
Mexican American War/Mexican-American Land Changes
MAIN IDEA: Tensions over the U.S. annexation of Texas led to war with Mexico, resulting in huge territorial gains for the United States.