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American West Module 1: The early settlement of the West, 1835-61

In this module you will revise;


  1. The Plains Indians; their beliefs and way of life (The beliefs, structure and life of tribes U.S expansion West and the Permanent Indian Frontier, including the Indian Appropriations Act)

  2. Migration and early settlement (Factors which encouraged migration West, the process and problems of migration (Case studies: Donner Party and Mormon migration, development and problems of white settlement farming)

  3. Conflict and tension (Reasons for tensions between settlers and Plains Indians - including the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1581, lawlessness in early towns and settlements and how this was tackled (by government and local communities)

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