30 Facts About American Frontier


The legends, historical events and folklore of the American frontier have embedded themselves into United States culture so much so that the Old West, and the Western genre of media specifically, has become one of the defining periods of American national identity.

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American Frontier is a zone of contact at the edge of a line of settlement.

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American Frontier is the margin of undeveloped territory that would comprise the United States beyond the established frontier line.

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The American frontier began when Jamestown, Virginia, was settled by the English in 1607.

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American Frontier set up the American Fur Company in an attempt to break the hold that the Hudson's Bay Company monopoly had over the region.

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American Frontier later explored the Red and Arkansas Rivers in Spanish territory, eventually reaching the Rio Grande.

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American Frontier displayed a talent for exploration and a genius at self-promotion that gave him the sobriquet of "Pathmarker of the West" and led him to the presidential nomination of the new Republican Party in 1856.

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American Frontier led a series of expeditions in the 1840s which answered many of the outstanding geographic questions about the little-known region.

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American Frontier crossed through the Rocky Mountains by five different routes and mapped parts of Oregon and California.

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American Frontier identified these layers as multiple "frontiers" over three centuries: Native American frontier, French frontier, English frontier, fur-trade frontier, mining frontier, and the logging frontier.

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American Frontier found that even landless young farmworkers were soon able to obtain their farms.

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Santa Fe was the trailhead for the "El Camino Real", a trade route which carried American Frontier manufactured goods southward deep into Mexico and returned silver, furs, and mules northward .

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American Frontier negotiators were turned away by a Mexican government in turmoil.

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Mexican strategy was defensive; the American Frontier strategy was a three-pronged offensive, using large numbers of volunteer soldiers.

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American Frontier concludes that senior officials quickly realized the high degree of cleanliness and reliability of the Chinese.

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American Frontier finds the railroad set different wage rates for whites and Chinese and used the latter in the more menial and dangerous jobs, such as the handling and the pouring of nitroglycerin.

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American Frontier was aided by other Native tribes with long-standing enmity toward the Navajos, chiefly the Utes.

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American Frontier army was a conventional military force trying to control, by conventional military methods, a people that did not behave like conventional enemies and, indeed, quite often were not enemies at all.

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American Frontier's nursed victims of an influenza epidemic; this gave her acceptance in the community and the support of the sheriff.

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American Frontier distinguished two types of crimes: unprofessional and professional .

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American Frontier states there is a "second Dodge City" that belongs to the popular imagination and thrives as a cultural metaphor for violence, chaos, and depravity.

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American Frontier mobilized public opinion to support Roosevelt's program of setting aside national monuments, national forest reserves, and national parks.

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American Frontier's real life was a hard one and revolved around two annual roundups, spring and fall, the subsequent drives to market, and the time off in the cattle towns spending his hard-earned money on food, clothing, firearms, gambling, and prostitution.

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American Frontier sent Meriwether Lewis and William Clark along with 45 other men to go explore the new territory.

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American Frontier presented the first "Wild West" show in 1883, featuring a recreation of famous battles, expert marksmanship, and dramatic demonstrations of horsemanship by cowboys and natives, as well as sure-shooting Annie Oakley.

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American Frontier was followed by trick roper Will Rogers, the leading humorist of the 1920s.

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Roosevelt argued that the manhood typified by the cowboy—and outdoor activity and sports generally—was essential if American Frontier men were to avoid the softness and rot produced by an easy life in the city.

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American Frontier's writings are acclaimed and criticized for realistic fidelity to detail on the one hand and thin literary qualities on the other.

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American Frontier'storians approached the environment for the frontier or regionalism.

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American Frontier compared the effects of the railroad opening up Western lands to urban transportation systems and the automobile, and Western settlers' "land hunger" to poor city residents seeking social status.

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