Westward expansion resulted in Native Americans losing their native homelands and changing their culture to accommodate teachings from white settlers. It also resulted in a number of deaths among their population.
When white settlers from Europe moved to North America, Native Americans lost their reign on their land. They were forced out of the regions where they thrived, with many dying from battles or from the diseases that the Europeans brought over. It is estimated that more Native Americans died from diseases than from the actual battles that took place to defend their lands. In the 21st century, Native Americans live on 2 percent of the land in North America.Learn More
The causes of westward expansion were the purchase of the Louisiana territory from France, the Lewis and Clark expedition, President Thomas Jefferson's vision of expanding into the available land to create an "empire of liberty" and a growing sense of American "manifest destiny." The effects included controversies over the slavery issue, which led to the Civil War, the persecution and extermination of Native Americans and the war with Mexico.Full Answer >
In the Revolutionary War, the two opposing parties were the Whigs, who believed in separating from England, and the Tories, who believed that Americans should not break away from England. The Tories were also referred to as the Loyalists and the Whigs were also referred to as the Revolutionaries.Full Answer >
African Americans did not have the legal right to vote until the passage of the 15th amendment to the Constitution in 1870. However, the rights declared in that amendment were not protected or enforced until the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.Full Answer >
The moniker "Red Indians" comes from the fact that this particular tribe of Native Americans used red ochre paint on their bodies and faces. Thinking he had landed in India, Christopher Columbus referred to the painted man whom he saw as "Indios," which means "Indian" in Spanish.Full Answer >