Learning Exercise

Incorporating the Western Territories

This assignment explores US territorial expansion from 1801 to 1861 and its affects on relations with Native Americans and external powers.
Course: US History I

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Problem-Solving Conf.: Read the article entitled “Incorporating Western Territories” located at: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/continental/territ.html . Analyze the portion of the Treaty of Paris (1783) where Britain relinquished a large portion of land west of the Appalachian Mountains to the United States. Determine how the United States should incorporate the territory. Be able to make recommendations on how it should be used and governed. Be able to defend your recommendations. Post to the discussion board. Class should vote on the best recommendation.

Technical Notes

Author Pattie Morton


The New Republic: National Sovereignty

Type of Task

Learning Objectives

Describe the successes and failures in America's efforts to extend control over the West.