A painting of a covered wagon pulled by oxen on a trail beside a river and passing through the mountains.
In the 19th century, large numbers of Americans migrated—or moved—from the eastern United States to the western half of North America. They went in search of a better life: more space, farmland, and even gold. But these were Native American lands, and the mostly white settlers didn't ask for permission to pass through or live there.
In this unit, you will:
- Learn about the history of the Americans who moved west, and how their movements affected Native peoples
- Read about the experience of Native peoples who were forced to leave their homes and go on a dangerous journey
- Read a poem and a story that give different perspectives on the West
- Watching videos to help you understand what good readers and writers do
- Reading and answering questions about literary and informational texts
- Learning new academic words
In order to answer the essential question: How does human migration affect the people who migrate and those who were already there?
Want to join the conversation?
- Why did the Americans migrate(18 votes)
- Where did the name Native American come from?(14 votes)
- Native: of the indigenous inhabitants of a place.
Indigenous: (of people) inhabiting or existing in a land from the earliest times or from before the arrival of colonists.
Native Americans lived in America before we did, so that's why they are Native Americans.(1 vote)
- how did it affect the Native American people?(2 votes)
- "European colonization of North America had a devastating effect on the native population. Within a short period of time their way of life was changed forever. The changes were caused by a number of factors, including loss of land, disease, enforced laws which violated their culture and much more."
"Indigenous people both north and south were displaced, died of disease, and were killed by Europeans through slavery, r**e, and war. In 1491, about 145 million people lived in the western hemisphere. By 1691, the population of indigenous Americans had declined by 90–95 percent, or by around 130 million people."
Both from Google searching(1 vote)