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Who or What was the most important reason for the success of the Mormons in setting up a new community?
Firstly, he went to Kirkland where he managed to set-up a bank and temple. Unfortunately, the bank collapsed and non-Mormons who had lost a lot of money when the bank collapsed drove him out of Kirkland. He then went on to Missouri, where he was fairly successful and built houses but the other settlers didn't want him there and he was put in prison. He then went on to Nauvoo where the government of Illinois allowed them to have their own laws and army; he also got permission to build his own city. However, the number of Mormons increased and the non-Mormons became worried.
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Bears roamed in the mountains and often attacked the travellers and killing many of them. If the wagons got stuck, then the people would be stranded in the cold Rockies, and eventually die. The buffalo also roamed free on the Plains and sometimes stampeded, crushing people in the wagon. Disease spread in the camps wiping out a large percentage of the people going west. Getting water was very difficult because there were not many rivers near by, so if you were ill or d-hydrated you may die because you cant get any water to drink, and sometimes the water they did find was not clean.
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The people soon got their wish, as in, 1837 the banks collapsed and there was a huge financial crisis. The people blamed the Mormons and chased Joseph Smith and his people out of Ohio. This was to be the first of many reasons why the Mormons moved westward. Still under Joseph Smiths leadership the Mormons settled in Independence, Missouri. Here the Mormons hoped they could worship in their own way. They were proved wrong. They were constantly attacked by mobs who believed the Mormons were fraudsters and just after money. Many of their people were murdered and day after day they had to live with the fear of what would happen next.
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