This painting shows the westward expansion and starting new lives with the angel leading the way. Stage coaches and covered wagons are shown in the background. This to me shows that they are changing their ways of building and upgrading their lifestyle. The men in the front look like workers and are looking for gold with their axes and tools on the back of the horse. Smoke in the background makes the land look like its being tilled and worked on. Gold mining was a huge thing in the west, especially in California. The angel is like blessing the land by showing the travelers where to go and how to do it.