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Westward Expansion for Kids

 

The MrNussbaum.com Westward Expansion section is one of the most comprehensive exhibits for kids on the entire internet. Check out the major sections on the 13 Colonies, Lewis and Clark, and the Emigrant Trails, along with all of the pieces that form the story of expansion.

 

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13 Colonies
French and Indian War
Colonial Territory
Louisiana Purchase
Lewis and Clark
Adams-Onis Treaty
Erie Canal
Indian Wars/Removal
Texas Independence
Manifest Destiny
Mexican-American War
Gold Rush!
Westward Trails
Oregon Territory
Alaska Purchase
49th Parallel
Gadsden Purchase
Annexation of Hawaii
 

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Expansion Interactive
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Westward Expansion

   
 
Chimney Rock in western Nebraska – a major landmark for westward travelers
 
13 Colonies Interactive Map

13 Colonies

Click above to access one of the web’s most comprehensive exhibits on the 13 colonies.

   
French and Indian War

French and Indian War

Did you know the French and Indian War is referred to as the Seven Years War in England? Learn all about this crucial battle of North American superiority by clicking above.

   
Cumberland Gap

Colonial Territory

Click here to learn about the land in between the Appalachian Mountains and the Mississippi River in the 1700s and 1800s.

   

Louisiana Purchase

Missouri became part of the United States in the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. Click above to learn why it is sometimes called the "greatest real estate deal in history.

   
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Lewis and Clark

This is one of the web’s most comprehensive exhibits on the Lewis and Clark expedition for kids. It contains numerous printable and interactive activities as well as a guided tour along the trail.

   
Adams-Onis Treaty

Acquisition of Florida

Florida was acquired as part of a treaty with Spain known as the Adams-Onis Treaty in 1819. Click above to learn more about the details of this treaty and the reasons why Spain chose to relinquish Florida.

   
Erie Canal

Erie Canal

Did you know the building of the Erie Canal allowed products to be transported from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes region and beyond? Click above to learn more.

   
Indian Wars

Indian Wars

Do you know what happened at Wounded Knee? Have you heard of the Whitman Massacre? Learn about this and much more by clicking above.

   
Williamsburg

Texas Independence

Did you know that the "King of the Wild Frontier," Davy Crockett, was killed in the Battle of Alamo in 1836? Click above to learn more.

   
Manifest Destiny

Manifest Destiny

Did you know that Manifest Destiny was the IDEA that Americans had the duty to spread their ideals across the North American continent? Click above to learn more.

   
Mexican-American War

Mexican-American War

Did you know that the American victory in the Mexican War resulted in the addition of over one million square miles? Click above to learn more.

   
California Gold Rush

Gold Rush!

Did you know that San Francisco grew from an outpost of 500 people, to 25,000 within two years of the California Gold Rush? Click above to learn more!

   

Westward Trails

Ever heard of Soda Springs? The Donner Party? Take in-depth tours of four different emigrant trails: Oregon, Santa Fe, California, and Mormon by clicking above.

   
Oregon Territory

Oregon Territory

A simple border adjustment agreed upon by America and England avoided a war and permanently marked the boundaries between the America and Canada. Learn all about the Oregon Territory and the Anglo-American Convention where the dispute was settled.

   
Oregon Territory

Alaska Purchase

Did you know that the 1867 purchase of Alaska for 7.2 million dollars was widely ridiculed and was nicknamed Seward’s Folly after the Secretary of State? No one seems to be laughing now. Learn all about another of America’s amazing land purchases by clicking above.

   
Northwest Angle Sign

49th Parallel

Do you know that point of land at the top of Minnesota that juts into Canada? People from Minnesota call it the Northwest Angle. Learn how human error resulted in this portion of Minnesota becoming part of the United States.

 

   
Gadsden Purchase

Gadsden Purchase

Click above to learn how the southern portions of modern-day Arizona and New Mexico came to be part of America.

   
Annexation of Hawaii

Annexation of Hawaii

Learn all about the (possibly illegal) annexation of Hawaii staged mostly by the kingdom’s American sugar plantation owners.

   
Annexation of Hawaii

Expansion Interactive

Click above to access an interactive map that shows the how American came to be.

   

Westward Expansion Printable Activities

This page provides links to Westward Expansion printable exercises. Most of these are thought-provoking creative activities that require critical thinking and brainstorming. Perfect for interactive notebooks!

   
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Westward Expansion Online Activities

This page provides links to MrNussbaum.com Westward Expansion online activities such as reading comprehension exercises, cloze reading, an online word search, and an online jigsaw puzzle.