Westward Migration (Great Events from History: North American Series)
Article abstract: Early migration west of the Appalachian Mountains advances American industrialization, increases a growing sectionalism, and ultimately devastates Native American indigenous populations.
Summary of Event
One of the great developments in the decade that followed the end of the War of 1812 was the mass migration of tens of thousands of Euro-Americans into the country west of the Appalachian Mountains. The West was not created overnight. Even before the American Revolution, American colonists had moved into the middle and upper Ohio River Valley. In 1775, Daniel Boone and thirty axmen blazed the Wilderness Road through the Cumberland Gap and founded the Kentucky settlement of Boonesborough. Settlers could follow the Great Valley Road down the Shenandoah Valley to a connection with Boone’s route and from there, continue into Kentucky. To the north, routes such as Braddock’s Road and Forbes’ Road led to the forks of the Ohio River. By 1790, the population west of the mountains already totaled more than two hundred thousand, but the movement had only begun.
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