Westward Expansion


Westward Expansion


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Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way
Emanuel Leutze’s mural celebrates the western expansion of the United States. A group of pioneers and their train of covered wagons are pictured at the continental divide, looking towards the sunset and the Pacific Ocean. The border depicts vignettes…

Emigrants Crossing the Plains
Redefined by territorial expansion in the mid-1800s, the boundary of the American West shifted from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean, fueled largely by exploration and emigration along the Oregon Trail, among others. Over the course of…

American Progress
This painting is an allegorical representation of the modernization of the new west. Here Columbia, a personification of the United States, leads civilization westward with American settlers, stringing telegraph wire as she sweeps west; she holds a…

The Promised Land-The Grayson Family
The people shown are the Graysons, and they were part of the great westward expansion of the United States during the mid-1800s.The Graysons traveled overland from Missouri to California in 1846, two years ahead of the Gold Rush that drew so many…

Westward the Star of Empire Takes its Way
The railroad disrupts nature and bears down on the viewer, with the locomotive's light shining like a jewel. Wild deer scatter to the left, but the cleared field offers no refuge--the stumps, that catch the light of the west-setting sun, and the…

Western Expansion: Emigrants to the Western Country
Wagon train with settler traveling west  in America

The Nehemiah Letts Farm in the Late 1850's
Working proodection farm in America during the Industrial Revolution

American Flag and Ocean
American flag juxtaposed into ocean, symbolizing "sea to shining sea."

Amber Waves of Grain
American flag juxtaposed over prairie, symbolizing America "coast to coast."

Study for Westward Movement: Justice of the Plains
American settlers travelling west during the westward expansion era of the nineteenth century.
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