What happened as more land in the U.S. was placed under cultivation after 1865?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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You'd have a better chance at getting the answer you want if you could be more specific -- what happened to who or to what?  As it is, there are so many different ways you could answer this.

For example:

  • As more land in the West came under cultivation, farming in the East became less profitable and tended to decline.
  • More people moved to the West in search of cheap land and a new life.
  • The Native Americans were pushed off their ancestral lands and on to reservations.
  • Big businesses came to own more of the farm land and small farms started to decline.
  • The railroads became more important because farmers needed them to get their crops back to Eastern markets.

All of these are impacts of the opening of more land to cultivation.