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The Frontier Begins

During European settlement of North America in the 17th century, the western frontier was the crest of the Appalachian Mountains, the initial geographical impediment to expansion. A False Front building in Chesaw, Washington.

While the eastern seaboard was being tamed, the area west of these mountains received little concern and speculation. After the Revolutionary War, the conflict among European powers over the vast American continent and its riches gave way to the new nation of the United States.

With peace came an impetus for westward expansion, as veterans returned to areas seen during the war, and land hungry settlers traveled to newly available lands in New York and across the Appalachians.

More Stories of the Frontier Begins

Advancing frontier and the Louisiana Purchase
Fur trade

More US History

History of the Old West
Frontier Begins
Settling the West
Before the Civil War
Civil War in the West
After the Civil War
Frontier Life
Frontier Warfare
People of the Old West
 




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