Discuss the waves of immigrants from Europe between 1789 and 1850 and their modes of transportation into the Ohio and Mississippi Valleys and through the Cumberland Gap (e.g., overland wagons, canals, flatboats, steamboats).

Westward Expansion

How did new methods of transportation transform people’s lives? Download Primary Source Set: Westward Expansion

This inquiry set examines how American settlers moved westward through a focus on transportation. These new technologies transformed the landscape of the West and the lives of the peoples who lived there.