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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Environment and Geography - Physical and Human National institutions in the USvaried regionally based on economic,political, social, and foreign policy, this led to the creation of variouspolitical parties. The growth of slavery in the Southand the lands next to it, and the disappearance of it in the North and other countries created regionaldifferences towards the institution. Overcultivation depleted arableland in the Southeast so slaveholders relocated to the Southwest. This movement increased regionaltensions over the issue of slavery and caused a national debate overthe nation's goals, priorities, and strategies. Question 1: How did environmental factors contribute to regional economic and political identities and how did they affect conflicts such as the American Revolution and the Civil War? The gain of new land in the West as well as the U.S.victory in the Mexican-Americanwar came with heatedcontroversy over whether or not there should be slavery in thenew territories. Part of the reason thatthe Union won the war despite Confederateleadership was the wartime destruction of Southern resources. Answer 1: Tensions over the institution of slavery were amplified by the crossover of regional differences.The addition of new lands in the West spurred the question of whether or not there should be slaveryanywhere in the U.S. Question 2: How did the search for economic resources affect social and political developments from the colonial period to reconstruction? European exploration and conquests were fueled partially by a desire for new sources of wealth. New sources of mineral wealth was like a catalyst to the European switch from feudalism to capitalism. Improvements in technology + more organized methods of international trade = changes to the economies in both Europe and the Americas. The difference in economic and political goals of European countries resulted in various forms of colonization. The Spanish and English tendedto want tight control over their colonies, while the French and Dutch colonies relied on interrelations with the native population to acquire wealth for their home countries. English population growth and expansion into the interior disrupted existing French-Indian fur trade networks and caused various Indian nations to shift alliances among competing European powers. People wanted access to western resources which led to environmental transformation of the region, new money-making activities, and increased settlement in previously American Indian lands. U.S. interests in expanding trade lead to economic, diplomatic, and cultural initiatives westward to Asia. Answer 2: The search for economic resources displace a lot of native peoples and created controversy amidst many of the European countries involved. However, it did create a new country and expanded that country though westward expansion. If it hadn't been that way we would probably not be living in Oregon. Created by: Emily Hiscox
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