Western Frontier

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The Western Frontier

The western frontier is full of many experiences that changed the frontier. Each significant event has an important role on the shaping of society and way it influenced a new nation. Each author brought a new perspective and thought process to the western experience which either contradicted Turner or supported his theories. The frontier ideas that interested me include topics such as trading frontier, farming frontier, nationality and government, and the neglecting of women.

Frontiers shaped the west and how settlers approached it. Each different frontier had a different affect on people and the ways they lived life. The trading frontier created and established a good and bad relationship with the natives. The Norsemen, Vespuccius, Verraconi, Hudson, and John Smith all trafficked furs and other goods to Native Americans. They trafficked goods all the way from Maine to Georgia, which then led to the opening of river courses to trade farther in the continent. After getting involved in the trading, native power was getting undermined by making them dependent on the whites "Turner p.25". Traders soon turned the roads into turnpikes and turnpikes into railroads. The river systems that traders trafficked goods turned into cities such as Albany, Pittsburg, Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, and Kansas City. These areas were then all settled by frontiersmen who led the start of the farming frontier. The farming frontier created a homestead for the western travelers. The important center of attraction for the farmers was fertile soil, salt springs, mines, and army post. Fertile soil was the main attraction because they could easily start growing produce and sell it for product to the frontiersmen or natives. Settlers would make individual pilgrimages east to the salt springs because it was important for the preservation of food. Turner's farmers conquered a wilderness and extended what Thomas Jefferson had called an empire of Liberty "White, p.50"....
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