The effects of the north american frontier

If this be a spirit of aggrandizement, the undersigned are prepared to admit, in that sense, its existence; but they must deny that it affords the slightest proof of an intention not to respect the boundaries between them and European nations, or of a desire to encroach upon the territories of Great Britain.

This news was a distinguished event in American history; the frontier represented danger because of the Natives who lived in the region but also freedom and opportunity. One of those intercepted was Abraham Lincoln 's grandfather, who was scalped in near Louisville.

Second, a gold rush in California in attracted droves of American fortune seekers called "Forty-Niners. In the United States the frontier has assumed a much deeper significance.

The soldiers killed or wounded more than Indians.

Womens life on the frontier

Other types of economic conflict arose. The bigger problem is that a much wider part of the U. He set up the American Fur Company in an attempt to break the hold that the Hudson's Bay Company monopoly had over the region. In a short time he opened in the woods a patch, or clearing, on which he grew corn, wheat, flax, tobacco, and other products, even fruit. The frontier experience began when the first colonists settled on the east coast of the continent in the s. Of course, there must be a compromise between a totalitarian government and complete anarchy; too much government restricts freedom while too little government does not provide the convenient government services we may take for granted, and allows society to get far too out of hand. Related Posts:. Other minerals also spurred mining booms. One-room schoolhouses began appearing on the plains. This anomaly results from the fact that during settlement the women were required to do certain mandatory work. A cowboy named Edward "Teddy Blue" Abbott described the result of one stampede, writing that, "horse and man was mashed into the ground as flat as a pancake. These acquisitions added up to more than 3. Men and boys wore overalls made from denim or recycled grain sacks and a short jacket. Motion pictures and novels often exaggerate the level of the violence in the West, as well as the average cowboy's skill with a gun. In the forests drained by these waterways were countless fur-bearing animals — deer, fox, marten, mink, bear, and above all, beaver — whose pelts brought high prices on the world market.

In the East, where we have always been on the civilized side of the frontier, people tend more to accept the government's rules, mentally coming to the conclusion that there is nothing they can do about it.

Today, most Americans are more aware of the darker side of the settling of the continent, when thousands of American Indians were killed, their lands taken, and much of their culture destroyed.

A typical mining camp.

western settlers in the 1800s

The labor organizer Mary Harris Jones, better known as "Mother Jones," spent her long life working to improve conditions for miners.

However, the historical account has been dismissed as revisionist in failing to acknowledge the impact the westward settlements had on Native Indians who were decimated by diseases introduced by Europeans, massacred in wars and forced to abandon their lifestyle and live in small reservations.

No Indians lived permanently in Kentucky [27] but they sent raiding parties to stop the newcomers. The U.

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Effects of the American Frontier