The Frontier Begins
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.
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.
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