Westward Expansion Hadley Reed

President Thomas Jefferson purchased the territory of Louisiana from the French for $15 billion. This land stretched from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains and from Canada to New Orleans. Jefferson thought that Westward Expansion was the key to the nation's good health. Theodore Roosevelt called this "The Great Leap Westward". The expansion was mainly formed after the finish of the railroad in 1869, and the pass of the Homestead Act in 1862.

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