Themes in U.S. and World History
Geography and the Development and Diffusion of Human Societies
GKE- Task 1
Development/Expansion of the United States
I believe that the two most significant environmental or geographic factors that contributed to the development and expansion of the United States were African Slavery and Pioneers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that settled in Utah. With no intention of offending anyone with relations or ties to these subjects, because both slavery and religion are sensitive topics, these will be discussed in this paper.
In the 1600’s, the need for slavery increased due to an increase of sugar cane plantations, cotton plantations, and other land developments. When the demand for slaves increased, more and more Africans were brought to the United States for the work that needed to be done. Initially many people came to America, but as plantations grew many saw America as a place to gain wealth by moving to unsettled land. As more people moved to America for freedom and wealth, more plantations and industries were creates to support the consumer need. As each plantation is started more land is needed to building, naturally expanding further west.
In February of 1846 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints started to move to the western part of the United States to escape from the persecution of their religious beliefs. This group of people is also known as the Mormon Pioneers. On July 24, 1874, the first Pioneers that arrived in Salt Lake City, Utah (Macmillan, 1992). As the Pioneers stayed in Salt Lake City, they settled the land and started and new place to live. As the Latter-day Saints came west to Utah, many pasted Salt Lake City and settled new lands in California to take advantage of the California Gold Rush.
Developments of the World
As time goes on, cultures become more combined and blended together. There is not a single event that can be pinpointed to...