from wikianswaers.com..."People moved to the west because in the east there was *no room for farming* *economic depression* *and there was no space for farming and agriculture*
People also moved west because of the gold rush, in search of religious freedom, privacy, cotton in Texas, and also to trap furs.
Also, Americans thought of it as free land to settle into."
from allanswers.com..."People moved West for various reasons; for adventure, new land, search for wealth, new life/starting over, and many other reasons. The Federal government encouraged this because new territories could be added to the US. This was called Manifest Destiny, the belief that Americans were entitled and ordained by God to occupy all of North America. If disputed areas in the West such as places like Texas, Oregon and New Mexico territories could be settled and have a majority of Americans there, then these places could and would become US property by default. The Industrial Revolution just added to this pu...