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Using the State Curriculum: Social Studies, Grade 8

Political Science | Peoples of the Nation and World | Geography | Economics | History | Social Studies Skills and Processes

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Standard 5.0 History

Topic B. Emergence, Expansion and Changes in Nations and Empires

Indicator 3. Evaluate westward movement in the United States before 1877

Objective b. Describe the government strategies used to acquire territory

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Interesting animated map that shows the acquisition of new territory and the organization of those territories into states between 1650 and 1907
Series of maps showing territorial possessions by decade.
Inaugural address of President James K. Polk, in which he addresses the annexation of Texas and the acquisition of Oregon (paragraphs 21 through 27).
Resources for Objective 5.B.3.b:
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