Manifest Destiny was a concept which heavily influenced American policy in the 1800s. The idea was the driving force behind the rapid expansion of America into the West from the East, and it was heavily promoted in newspapers, posters, and through other mediums. While Manifest Destiny was not itself an official government policy, it led to the passage of legislation such as the Homestead Act, which encouraged Westward colonization and territorial acquisition. It also played an important role in American thought.
Better living conditions, the possibilities of better jobs, and of course the Gold Rush, where a lot of people thought they would become rich overnight.
Because of the Manifest Destiny.
So they were cool like chris and john in the west