Texas and The Far West by x6PeyJM


									Texas and The Far West
Mexican War for Independence
By 1811, the people of Mexico wanted their
 independence from Spain.
             Mexican War
In 1824, a revolutionary army defeated the
  Spanish making Mexico an independent
Mexican War for Independence
In addition to present-day Mexico, the nation
  included what is now Arizona, California,
  Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah.
           Anglos in Texas
To attract people to Texas, the Mexican
 government promised people cheap or
 free land.
Problems between the new government and
  American settlers soon developed.

Americans ignored Mexican laws and acted
 as if they were still on American soil.
         Texas Revolution
Stephen Austin, an American who brought
  American settlers to Mexico, encouraged
  all Texans to take up arms against the
  Mexican army.
      The Texas Revolution
Texans, led by William Travis and Jim Bowie
 occupied the Alamo, an old Spanish
          The Texas Revolution
March 3, 1836, Santa Anna’s Mexican troops
 attack and defeat the Texans.

In later battles, the Texans used the battle cry of
  “Remember the Alamo!”
         Texas Revolution
Texans, under the command of Sam
 Houston defeat the Mexicans and create
 the Republic of Texas.
         Texan Revolution
Texans hoped to become part of the US, but
 their pro-slavery stand worried President

He feared it would upset the balance
 between free and slave states.
             The Far West
Most of the non-Indians who traveled to the
 Rockies and beyond were fur traders and
 trappers known as mountain men.
           The Oregon Trail
Many American pioneers began moving to Oregon
 Country. Many settlers followed the Oregon

It began in Independence, Missouri and stretched
   2,000 miles across the Great Plains and the
   Rocky Mountains
          The Oregon Trail
Families formed wagon trains. A family of
 four needed $600 to buy the supplies
 necessary for the six-to-eight month trip.
            The Oregon Trail
Pioneers faced shortages of food, supplies, and

They also faced rough weather, natural barriers,
  such as rivers and mountain, as well as
  confusion over the best route to take.
         The California Trail
Where the Oregon Trail split in what is now
 Idaho, some settlers took the southern
 branch to California.

It was a difficult journey because they had to
   cross the Sierra Nevada Mountains with its
   heavy snowfalls.
        The California Trail
The Santa Fe Trail was also established
 which ran from Missouri to present day
 Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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