What caused people to go out and expand into the western US? Did they come in waves?
At first you can start by saying that it was the concept of manifest destiny. This was the belief that it was
America's right and destiny to expand from the Atlantic ocean all the way to the Pacific Ocean. For the common
person it was just the desire for land and a better future. An important wave came during and after the Great
Depression of the 1930's. Again these people were trying to escape the poverty that existed at the time.
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