During the latter half of the ninetieth-century, America shifted its movement westward and began to populate the frontier. Some settlers sought adventure. Others moved onto the frontier to escape the drab routine of city life. Whatever the specific reason, most people moved westward to "better their lot." Many inventions and innovations helped improve the lives of settlers in the West. America's westward movement also sparked conflict.
The American people settled on the land west of
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reservations and the new reservation system only caused poverty and isolation for the Native Americans.
In summary, Americans settled the land west of the Mississippi due to great mining opportunities and the abundance of free land given to anyone who was willing to farm it. Though this westward movement allowed the United States to grow both economically and physically, it also caused the Native Americans to lose their tribal way of life and cultural identity.