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        US Westward Expansion

        After the purchase of the Louisiana Territory in 1803, settlers looking for land in the eastern US began moving westward into the prairies and beyond. The flat plains in the center of the continent proved excellent land for grazing and farming. Over time, the image of mid-western topography became associated with pioneering spirit and the American desire for expansion. Even now, when Americans think of westward expansion, they picture the great plains.

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