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The Great North American Migration


Even before the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, the recently independent United States had begun a steady westward expansion into Indian lands. As the 19th century advanced, ever more individuals and their families took to the roads and trails — by their hundreds and thousands. This handful of newspaper articles (from the period 1835-1850) provides glimpses of the migrants' motivations and experiences.

1835 Encounters on the Road
1838 Upper California
1848 Gold Rush
1848 To Santa Fe and beyond
1850 Trail Jottings
Publications: "Illinois State Journal", Springfield; retrieved from the Illinois Digital Newspaper Collection
Illustration: "Daniel Boone escorting settlers through the Cumberland Gap" (detail), by George Caleb Bingham, Wikipedia
Page created: 29-VII-2016
Last updated: 29-VII-2016