When you think of the American West, the first things that may come to mind are cowboys on their horses, rampant outlaws, and in short, the Wild West. There’s actually a lot more to the West than just the romanticized legends of sharpshooters and lawmen. The American ideal of westward expansion made a great impact on the lives of pioneering Americans looking for a new life, but it also caused significant conflicts with the Native Americans living there. Nothing was perfect, but the era is an important part of American history. So, we have a challenge for you. You get to answer questions about your knowledge of the West. There will be questions on key figures, Wild West legends, indigenous tribes, political figures, and more. You may think you know the history of the West, but some of these questions may stump you. Give it a try and let’s see how you do!
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Thomas Jefferson orchestrated one of the biggest land deals in history. He purchased Louisiana from the French in 1803. You may be thinking, “It’s Louisiana. What’s the big deal?” The big deal is that the purchase dictated that the Louisiana Territory encompassed the Mississippi River and its tributaries, which was well over 800,00 square miles. The United States purchased the territory for 15 million dollars and cancellation of debt. France, at the time, needed cash to support wars led by Napoleon. Historians estimate that the land was purchased for roughly three cents an acre. The land went from New Orleans all the way into Canada, and the purchase doubled the size of the United States. This was considered one of Thomas Jefferson’s greatest contributions to the nation. Shortly after the purchase, a team of volunteers was sent out to explore the territory, also known as the Corps of Discovery.
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