What positive effects did the move out West have on America?

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The westward movement of our people had positive effects on many, but not all, Americans. As people moved west, they were able to get land. The Homestead Act of 1862 offered people 160 acres of land for free if they lived on it for five years. Many people went west and began to farm the land in the West.

Another positive effect of the westward movement was that it led to the growth of businesses and the growth of the economy. As people moved to the West, they needed products. Companies began to ship the products to the people living in the West. Eventually, as more and more people moved to the West, the companies also moved to the western regions. When minerals were discovered in the West, companies went westward to mine the minerals, especially those minerals that were deep in the earth. Individuals also moved west, looking to find these minerals. These activities helped our economy expand and grow.

As the West grew, so did our transportation system. Railroads began to spread to the South and to the West. The transcontinental railroad, which connected the east coast to the west coast, was completed in 1869. Eventually, more roads were built in the West. These internal improvements made it easier to get to the West.

Westward movement had many positive effects for our country.