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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
1849 Hang Town
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: 31-VIII-2018