posted by Anonymous .
How did the transcontinental railroad spur Western settlement?
I'll be glad to critique your answer.
It carried the natural resources of the West-minerals, timber, crops, and cattle-to eastern markets. In turn, trains brought miners, ranchers, and farmers west to develop these resources further. As the railroads opened new areas to white settlement, they also helped to bring an end to the way of life of the West's first settlers-the native Americans?
Yes, but you don't need the last sentence.