Social Studies - 2017-18

VS.6c - Migration of Virginians into Western Territories

The student will demonstrate knowledge of the role of Virginia in the establishment of the new American nation by

c)  explaining the influence of geography on the migration of Virginians into western territories.

Bloom's Level: Understand

Adopted: 2008


Movement is a major geographical theme.

Geography influences the movement of people and ideas.


Geography influenced the movement of people and ideas as Virginians moved to and beyond the Virginia frontier.

What geographic factors influenced Virginians to move to the western frontier of Virginia and beyond?


Determine cause-and-effect relationships. (VS.1b)

Compare and contrast historical events. (VS.1c)

Draw conclusions and make generalizations. (VS.1d)

Analyze and interpret maps to explain relationships among landforms, water features, climatic characteristics, and historical events. (VS.1i)

After the American Revolution, Virginia’s agricultural base began to change, and as a result, large numbers of Virginians moved west and to the deep South to find better farmland and new opportunities.

  • Tobacco farming was hard on the soil, causing many farmers to look west and south for new land to farm.
  • Virginians migrated into western territories, looking for large areas of land and new opportunities.
  • As Virginians moved, they took their traditions, ideas, and cultures with them.
  • Settlers crossed the Appalachian Mountains through the Cumberland

Gap as they migrated to new lands in the west.


Updated: May 02, 2016