Why Move West
Many pioneers who settled in Iowa came from states to the east. They
came in large numbers from Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and New York.
What attracted pioneer settlers to migrate to Iowa?
Historians tell us about push/pull factors. There were forces that helped
to push settlers west. That is, there were reasons why pioneers
wanted to leave the east and move to new lands in the west.
Historians also believe there were factors that helped pull settlers
west. There were reasons why moving west sounded better to the pioneer
settler than staying in the east.
Pioneer settlers were sometimes pushed west because they couldn't
find good jobs that paid enough. Others had trouble finding land to farm.
With more and more people from Europe moving into the eastern states,
crowding was sometimes a problem. Still others wanted to move from their
homes in the east because they didn't like the new industries and the
Pioneer settlers were sometimes pulled west because they wanted
to make a better living. Others received letters from friends or family
members who had moved west. These letters often told about a good life
on the frontier.
The biggest factor that pulled pioneers west was the opportunity to buy
land. Pioneers could purchase land for a small price compared to what
it cost in states to the east.
Life as a Pioneer Continued...