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Westward Expansion Vocabulary


Someone who moves ahead of other people to create or find a way to pass through an area
nationalism Patriotic efforts, feelings, or principles
annex Append or add something as an extra part
suffrage The right to vote in political elections
locomotive A powered rail vehicle used for pulling trains
secede To remove oneself or to withdraw formally from the membership in a federal alliance, an organization, or a union
doctrine A set of beliefs held by a group, church, or political party
sectionalism Restriction of interest to a very small amount of items or one single item
abolitionism The doctrine that calls for the abolition of slavery
opportunity A set of circumstances that make it possible to do something that is wanted or needed
scarce Insufficient for what is needed
pioneer A person who is the first or among the first to settle a new area


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