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Settling the West

While the profit motive dominated the movement westward, the Federal government played a vital role in securing land and maintaining law and order, which allowed the expansion to proceed.

A major role of the federal government was sending out surveyors, naturalists, and artists into the West to discover its potential.

Criollo and mestizo settlers of New Spain declared their independence in 1810 (finally obtaining it in 1821) from Spain's crumbling American colonial empire in the Americas (which were not yet thought of as being divided in North, Central and South America), forming the new nation of Mexico which included the New Mexico territory at its north

The expansion of migration into the Southeast in the 1820s and 1830s forced the federal government to deal with the "Indian question."

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