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1 Chapter 17 – The West Chapter 17, Section 1 Mining and Railroads

2 The Discovery of Gold and Silver in the West
The Comstock Lode Discovered in Nevada in 1859 Importance: one of the richest silver mines in the world Effect: made Nevada a center for mining.

3 The Boom Spreads Few prospectors became rich because
the ore was deep underground and difficult to extract. By the 1880’s, western mining had become big business. gold mines also contributed to state growth (Colorado, Montana, South Dakota)

4 Life in Mining Towns Tent cities arose around mining camps and quickly became boomtowns. Nearly half of all miners were foreign born. Because mining towns grew so quickly, it was hard to find law and order. So miners formed groups of vigilantes, chased bandits and imposed their own justice. As towns grew, local residents looked for more lasting forms of government. In some towns, all the ore was soon extracted and mines closed, miners moved away, businesses closed, and merchants left.

5 The Railroad Boom

6 Aid to Railroads To encourage the growth of railroads, the federal government offered railroads subsidies, which are grants of land or money. Railroads also received federal loans. A transcontinental railroad is a railroad line that spans the continent. In 1862, the Central Pacific Railroad won the right to build a line eastward from Sacramento. The Union Pacific railroad would build west from Omaha. The railroads hired thousands of workers, including 10,000 Chinese. On May 10, 1869 the two lines met in Promontory Point, Utah.

7 Effects of the Railroads
On Population: led to rapid population growth Political Changes: Nevada, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Washington, Idaho, and Wyoming became states.

8 Native Americans in the West

9 People of the Plains For centuries, the Plains people lived by gathering wild food, hunting, and fishing. The Europeans introduced horses and guns. Many Plains nations began following the buffalo herds. Chapter 17, Section 2

10 Broken Treaties As Americans moved west, U.S. officials tried to convince the Plains Indians to stop following the buffalo and settle down permanently. In 1851, Native American leaders signed the Fort Laramie Treaty. The U.S. government promised to protect Native American land. However, after the treaty was signed, settlers moved onto Native Americans’ lands. Chapter 17, Section 2

11 Broken treaties (cont.)
In 1864, Colonel John Chivington attacked a band of Cheyenne at Sand Creek. The Sand Creek Massacre helped ignite an era of war. Chapter 17, Section 2

12 Native American Resistance
Southern Plains nations were moved to reservations in Oklahoma. Life there was a disaster because poor soil in Oklahoma made farming difficult. Many Sioux and Cheyenne gathered on land set aside for them in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Chapter 17, Section 2

13 When a gold strike in 1874 brought miners to the area, Sitting Bull
and Crazy Horse led attacks to keep the whites out.

14 Chief Joseph led the Nez Perces to Canada.
In 1876, General George Armstrong Custer tried to force Native Americans onto a reservation. He and all his men died in the Battle of Little Big Horn. Chief Joseph led the Nez Perces to Canada. The U.S. Army caught the Nez Perces near Canada and Chief Joseph surrendered. . Chapter 17, Section 2

15 After years of war, the Navajos were defeated in 1864 in Arizona, and they were forced to move to a spot near the Pecos River. Chapter 17, Section 2

16 In the late 1880’s, Native Americans began performing ghost dances, which they believed would make their ancestors and the buffalo return and would cause white people to leave the Plains. Soldiers saw this as the beginning of an uprising. In the struggle, Chief Sitting Bull was killed. Later, troops killed nearly 200 Sioux men, women, and children at the Battle of Wounded Knee. Chapter 17, Section 2

17 Efforts at Reform Congress passed the Dawes Act in 1887, which gave Native American men 160 acres to farm – and set up schools for Native American children. The measure failed because few Native Americans didn’t take to farming. The Dawes Act – encouraged Indians to be farmers Didn’t work – Indians didn’t believe anyone owned the land, sold their shares for low prices Chapter 17, Section 2

18 Changes for Native Americans
Life for Native Americans changed -fed. govt. took away power of leaders wanted them to give up their culture: customs, language, religion depended on U.S. govt. for food and supplies not content on reservations Chapter 17, Section 2

19 Causes and Effects

20 Causes and Effects Railroads swept across the Plains
Texas Ranchers began driving cattle to the rail lines to get cattle to distant markets. Cowhands followed trails such as the Chisholm Trail and the Good-night Loving Trail Chap. 17, Sec. 3

21 Causes and Effects Cowhands who drove cattle needed to unwind at the end of the trail, where they faced dangers such as panicked animals, stampedes, fires, and thieves. Cow towns sprang up along rail lines -cowboys drove longhorns (cattle drives) to rail lines in Kansas -Dodge City, Abilene, KC, Missouri Here, dance halls, saloons, hotels, and restaurants served the cowhands. Chap. 17, Sec. 3 cont.

22 Causes and Effects Cowhands borrowed much from early Spanish and Mexican vaqueros. Cowhands learned how to ride, rope, and brand. They wore spurs and chaps and broad-brimmed hats. Chap.17, Sec. 3 cont.

23 Causes and Effects William “Buffalo Bill” Cody created a traveling Wild West show. The myth of the Wild West as a place of violence, adventure, and endless opportunities was spread. Chap. 17, Sec. 3 cont.

24 Causes and Effects Profits rose. New breeds of cattle had fewer diseases and more meat than longhorns. The cattle industry booms. Backers from the East and Europe invested millions in huge cattle companies. Chap. 17, Sec. 3 cont.

25 Causes and Effects In the 1880’s, there was bad weather, economic depression, lower demand for beef and competition with sheep. Farmers fenced in open range. The cattle industry collapsed. Chap. 17, Sec. 3 cont.

26 Causes and Effects Railroads expanded and their lines moved closer to the ranches. Large roundups and long cattle drives vanished. The cattle boom was over. Chap. 17, Sec. 3 conclusion

27 Farming in the West

28 Homestead Act of 1862 Offered 160 acres to anyone who resided on the land for five years. Thousands became homesteaders, which were settlers who acquired free land from the government

29 Railroads To the railroads, more farms meant more shipping for the railroads. So railroads gave away some of the 180 million acres they got from the government.

30 New Farming Methods Steel plows that could break through sod
Drills to bury seed Reapers to harvest crops Threshers to beat off the hard coverings of grains. Irrigation

31 Farm Families Role of men: labored on the farm
Role of children: tended animals and helped with chores. Role of women: kept house, helped plant and harvest, educated children, nursed the sick, sewed clothes, preserved food, made basics such as candles and soaps.

32 Exodusters Thousands of African Americans came to the Plains.
They were known as Exodusters because they believed they were like the Jews fleeing from slavery in Egypt in the book of Exodus in the Bible.

33 Spanish-speaking Farmers
Many had been there since before the Mexican-American War. Mexican immigrants arrived with the coming of the railroads. Large landowners were known as ricos.

34 Sooners The federal government opened up what was once Indian territory in Oklahoma to homesteaders in April 1889. A few people known as sooners had already sneaked on to the land.

35 Farmers Organize Granges were groups of farmers who met for lectures, sewing bees, and other events. In 1867, local granges joined to form the National Grange. Grangers demanded the same low rates from railroads and warehouses given to big farmers.

36 Farmers Organize (cont.)
Farm cooperatives were groups of farmers who pooled their money to make large purchases of tools, seeds, and other supplies at a discount. Unhappy farmers joined with labor unions to form the Populist Party, which pushed for social reforms.


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