The West Region

Resource Websites for the Western Region

The Erie Canal

1. National Geographic – Creating Canals (video):

http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/national-geographic-channel/shows/the-link/ngc-creating-canals/

The Homestead Act

1. PBS.org – Frontier House video clips:

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/frontierhouse/

Lewis and Clark

  1. Discovering Lewis and Clark: http://www.lewis-clark.org/

  2. National Geographic: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/lewisandclark/                                The Louisiana Purchase

  1. Louisiana Purchase Timeline, 1802–07 (from Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial):

    http://www.louisianapurchase2003.com/history/timeline/index.htm

  2. Library of Congress – Primary documents:

    http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/ourdocs/Louisiana.html

  3. Avalon Project at Yale Law Library – Primary documents:

    http://avalon.law.yale.edu/subject_menus/fr1803m.asp

  4. WatchKnowLearn.org: Louisiana Purchase in a Nutshell (1:11):

    http://www.watchknowlearn.org/Video.aspx?VideoID=25166&CategoryID=5420

The Pony Express

1. National Geographic – map and photographs:

http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/news/pony-power/kd/?ar_a=3&ar_r=3

The Transcontinental Railroad

1. History.com – videos:
The Transcontinental Railroad (3:27):
http://www.history.com/topics/westward-expansion/videos#transcontinental-railroad

 

The USMexican War PBS.org:

  1. Interactivetimeline:

    http://www.pbs.org/kera/usmexicanwar/timeline_flash.html

  2. 24 short video clips:

    http://www.pbs.org/kera/usmexicanwar/resources/video_library.html

  3. America’s Story – Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo:

    http://www.americaslibrary.gov/jb/reform/jb_reform_guadalup_1.html

  4. Library of Congress – Photographs from the conflict with Mexico:

    http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/list/picamer/paMexican.html

History.com – videos:

The Gold Rush:

http://www.history.com/topics/gold-rush-of-1849

http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/immigration/goldrush.html

http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/californiagoldrush.htm

 

Transcontinental Railroad:

http://www.history.com/topics/inventions/transcontinental-railroad

http://railroad.lindahall.org/essays/brief-history.html

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/general-article/tcrr-race/

 

Logging/Timber Industry:

http://www.loggers.com/timber_facts.htm

http://www.idahoforests.org/factfram.htm

http://montanakids.com/agriculture_and_business/timber/timber.htm

http://www.ofic.com/facts.php

Alaska:

http://alaska.gov/kids/learn/region.htm

http://www.history.com/topics/us-states/alaska/videos/history-exxon-valdez-oil-spill?m=528e394da93ae&s=undefined&f=1&free=false

1906 San Francisco Earthquake:

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/nca/1906/18april/index.php

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/the-great-san-francisco-earthquake

http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/sfeq.htm

 

Yellowstone National Park:

https://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm

http://www.yellowstonenationalpark.com

http://www.yellowstonepark.com

Yosemite National Park:

https://www.nps.gov/yose/index.htm

http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/national-parks/yosemite-national-park/#/bridal-veil-falls-sunrise-yosmite_92681_600x450.jpg

http://www.nationalparks.org/explore-parks/yosemite-national-park

Golden Gate Bridge:

http://goldengatebridge.org/research/facts.php

https://www.nps.gov/prsf/planyourvisit/golden-gate-bridge.htm

http://www.history.com/topics/golden-gate-bridge

 

 

Glacier National Park:

https://www.nps.gov/glac/index.htm

 

Spanish Missions:

https://www.nps.gov/subjects/travelspanishmissions/spanish-missions-in-the-united-states-cultural-and-historical-significance.htm

Westward link:
http://www.ducksters.com/history/westward_expansion/