It later became Utah Territory. [207] Indians also preyed upon stagecoaches travelling in the frontier for its horses and valuables.[208]. [82], Helping settlers move westward were the emigrant "guide books" of the 1840s featuring route information supplied by the fur traders and the Frémont expeditions, and promising fertile farmland beyond the Rockies. He 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. [292], By the 1870s and 1880s, cattle ranches expanded further north into new grazing grounds and replaced the bison herds in Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Nebraska, and the Dakota territory, using the rails to ship to both coasts. Forts were constructed to launch attacks against the Sioux. [126], In Texas, citizens voted to join the Confederacy; anti-war Germans were hanged. [368], "Wild West" redirects here. Chaps, the heavy protective leather trousers worn by cowboys, got their name from the Spanish "chaparreras", and the lariat, or rope, was derived from "la reata". [162], In 1889, Washington opened 2,000,000 acres (8,100 km2) of unoccupied lands in the Oklahoma territory. Unlike other Indian Wars, the Snake War has widely forgotten in United States history due to having only limited coverage of the war. According to Alaska historian John Whitehead, "Western historians, with rare exceptions, resist including the nation's two westernmost states, Alaska and Hawai'i, in their region. Ed. During the Comanche Campaign, the Red River War was fought in 1874–75 in response to the Comanche's dwindling food supply of buffalo, as well as the refusal of a few bands to be inducted in reservations. He 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. The U.S. Congress declined to annex Texas, stalemated by contentious arguments over slavery and regional power. On his return, Pike sighted the peak in Colorado named after him. [276][345][346], Historians of the American West have written about the mythic West; the west of western literature, art and of people's shared memories. Players can open the map in game and place a marker to help them navigate. Kansas was off-limits to slavery by the Compromise of 1820. In 1879, after the end of Reconstruction in the South, several thousand Freedmen moved from Southern states to Kansas. The transcontinentals did open up the West to settlement, brought in many thousands of high-tech, highly paid workers and managers, created thousands of towns and cities, oriented the nation onto an east-west axis, and proved highly valuable for the nation as a whole. [75], Frederick Jackson Turner grew up in Wisconsin during its last frontier stage, and in his travels around the state, he could see the layers of social and political development. A branch also ran eastward near the Gulf (also called the Old San Antonio Road). In 1879 the newly arrived Earp brothers bought shares in the Vizina mine, water rights, and gambling concessions, but Virgil, Wyatt, and Morgan Earp obtained positions at different times as federal and local lawmen. Chad Montrie, "'Men Alone Cannot Settle a Country:' Domesticating Nature in the Kansas-Nebraska Grasslands". [65] He led a series of expeditions in the 1840s which answered many of the outstanding geographic questions about the little-known region. The government also loaned money—later repaid—at $16,000 per mile on level stretches, and $32,000 to $48,000 in mountainous terrain. The genesis of the hike is in Jarbidge Nevada, from there the arduous journey shoots northward to the Canadian Border. [313], The third element, smallest at first but growing rapidly after 1870, were the environmentalists who honored nature for its own sake, and rejected the goal of maximizing human benefits. Franklin Ng, "The Sojourner, Return Migration, and Immigration History". The road must be open. It avoids the word "frontier" and stresses cultural interaction between white culture and groups such as Indians and Hispanics. Enable JavaScript to see Google Maps. William Clarke Quantrill and his Biographers". On the other hand, bishops of the well-organized, centralized Methodists assigned circuit riders to specific areas for several years at a time, then moved them to fresh territory. The Jewish pioneer was not building an individual or family enterprise, but was a conscious participant in nation-building, with a high priority on collective and cooperative planned settlements. [57], The army early on assumed the mission of protecting settlers along with the Westward Expansion Trails, a policy that was described by Secretary of War John B. Floyd in 1857:[58], "A line of posts running parallel without frontier, but near to the Indians' usual habitations, placed at convenient distances and suitable positions, and occupied by infantry, would exercise a salutary restraint upon the tribes, who would feel that any foray by their warriors upon the white settlements would meet with prompt retaliation upon their own homes. [192][193] The Ute conflicts finally ended after the events of the Posey War in 1923 which was fought against settlers and law enforcement. [17], The seaboard colonial settlements gave priority to land ownership for individual farmers, and as the population grew they pushed westward for fresh farmland. [184][185] The U.S. finally induced the last hostile Apache band under Geronimo to surrender in 1886. Historian Frederick Jackson Turner explored the individualistic worldview and values of the first generation: What they objected to was arbitrary obstacles, artificial limitations upon the freedom of each member of this frontier folk to work out his career without fear or favor. For the film, see, For cultural influences and their development, see, Undeveloped territory of the United States, c. 1607–1912, From British peasants to American farmers, The federal government and westward expansion, Territorial governance after the Civil War. From north to south they were the Northern Pacific, Milwaukee Road, and Great Northern along the Canada–US border; the Union Pacific/Central Pacific in the middle, and to the south the Santa Fe, and the Southern Pacific. 25 Mile Route. [287][288] In most cases, formal military involvement were used to quickly put an end to these conflicts. California unanimously rejected slavery in 1850 and became a free state. Life of George Bent Written from His Letters. [224], About 4,000 blacks came to California in Gold Rush days. We had a blast making this map and I hope you guys have as … Some did so because they were discouraged and defeated. Mary E. Stuckey, "The Donner Party and the Rhetoric of Westward Expansion". (Reminder: The map code for Wild West map! Critic Keith Phipps says, "its five square miles [13 square kilometers] have defined what decades of moviegoers think of when they imagine the American West. Kentucky at this time had been depopulated—it was "empty of Indian villages. To combat this, the San Francisco Committee of Vigilance was established to give drumhead trials and death sentences to well-known offenders. Brégent-Heald Dominique. We had a blast making this map and I hope you guys have as much fun on it as we did making it. One of those intercepted was Abraham Lincoln's grandfather, who was scalped in 1784 near Louisville. Once numbering over 25 million on the Great Plains, the grass-eating herds were a vital resource animal for the Plains Indians, providing food, hides for clothing and shelter, and bones for implements. This area is safe from Wanted Outlaws and Bandits. Bicha shows that nearly 600,000 American farmers sought cheap land by moving to the Prairie frontier of the Canadian West from 1897 to 1914. Swiss artist Karl Bodmer made compelling landscapes and portraits. 77–92 in. The cowboy has for over a century been an iconic American image both in the country and abroad; recognized worldwide and revered by Americans. He could succeed only with virgin soil.[79]. [102], The mountainous areas of the triangle from New Mexico to California to South Dakota contained hundreds of hard rock mining sites, where prospectors discovered gold, silver, copper and other minerals (as well as some soft-rock coal). Step 3: Enter the code for the map you want to play. It began in an organized fashion in the West in the 1880s, when several Western cities followed up on touring Wild West shows and organized celebrations that included rodeo activities. Cowboy, Pinkerton detective, and western author, Siringo was the first authentic cowboy autobiographer. As farmers moved in open range cattle ranching came to an end and was replaced by barbed wire spreads where water, breeding, feeding, and grazing could be controlled. [316] He mobilized public opinion to support Roosevelt's program of setting aside national monuments, national forest reserves, and national parks. In providing for Indian reservations, Congress and the Office of Indian Affairs hoped to de-tribalize Native Americans and prepare them for integration with the rest of American society, the "ultimate incorporation into the great body of our citizen population". Talk of acquiring all of Mexico fell away when the army discovered the Mexican political and cultural values were so alien to America's. [109][110], In Missouri and Illinois, animosity between the Mormon settlers and locals grew, which would mirror those in other states such as Utah years later. However, the Whig Party, which represented business and financial interests, stood opposed to Manifest Destiny. ; What the Senator Knows About Suppressing Reports A Good Secretary of the Interior for Greeley's Reform Cabinet". [321] Levy argues that the physical and mythological West-inspired composers Aaron Copland, Roy Harris, Virgil Thomson, Charles Wakefield Cadman, and Arthur Farwell. Plains Indian intertribal warfare bore no resemblance to the "modern" warfare practiced by the Americans along European lines, using its vast advantages in population and resources. Elite Eastern writers and artists of the late 19th century promoted and celebrated western lore. For several days, Dakota attacks at the Lower Sioux Agency, New Ulm and Hutchinson, slaughtered 300 to 400 white settlers. [191] The Ute War, fought by the Ute people against settlers in Utah and Colorado, led to two battles; the Meeker massacre which killed 11 Indian agents, and the Pinhook massacre which killed 13 armed ranchers and cowboys. Settlements west of the Appalachian Mountains were curtailed briefly by the Royal Proclamation of 1763, forbidding settlement in this area. [348] The "Code of the West" was an unwritten, socially agreed upon set of informal laws shaping the cowboy culture of the Old West. In 1846 about 10,000 Californios (Hispanics) lived in California, primarily on cattle ranches in what is now the Los Angeles area. The all-black town of Nicodemus, Kansas, which was founded in 1877, was an organized settlement that predates the Exodusters but is often associated with them. [121], Constitutionally, Congress could not deal with slavery in the states but it did have jurisdiction in the western territories. A witness wrote, "The horsemen had the best of it from the start. The state militia fought back and Lincoln sent in federal troops. "[12], Key:  .mw-parser-output .legend{page-break-inside:avoid;break-inside:avoid-column}.mw-parser-output .legend-color{display:inline-block;min-width:1.25em;height:1.25em;line-height:1.25;margin:1px 0;text-align:center;border:1px solid black;background-color:transparent;color:black}.mw-parser-output .legend-text{}  States      Territories      Disputed areas      Other countries, In the colonial era, before 1776, the west was of high priority for settlers and politicians. Lincoln pardoned the majority, but 38 leaders were hanged. (0.04 mi) Americas Best Value Inn - Williams / Grand Canyon (0.04 mi) American Regency Inn (0.08 mi) The Lodge On Route 66; View all hotels near Wild West … Click to enlarge. [77], From the 1770s to the 1830s, pioneers moved into the new lands that stretched from Kentucky to Alabama to Texas. Towns that were friendly to gambling were typically known to sports as "wide-awake" or "wide-open". The frontier area was vast and even Davis conceded that "concentration would have exposed portions of the frontier to Indian hostilities without any protection. In general, the frontiersmen battled the Indians with little help from the U.S. Army or the federal government.[35]. By 1835 the Cherokee, the last Indian nation in the South, had signed the removal treaty and relocated to Oklahoma. Quintard Taylor, "Texas: The South Meets the West, The View Through African American History". [104], To get to the rich new lands of the West Coast, there were two options: some sailed around the southern tip of South America during a six-month voyage, but 400,000 others walked there on an overland route of more than 2,000 miles (3,200 km); their wagon trains usually left from Missouri. The real Dodge City, he says, was the headquarters for the buffalo-hide trade of the Southern Plains and one of the West's principal cattle towns, a sale and shipping point for cattle arriving from Texas. [301][302] To protect their herd from wild animals, hostile Indians and rustlers, cowboys carried with them their iconic weaponry such as the Bowie knife, lasso, bullwhip, pistols, rifles and shotguns. January 25, 2020. [212] Selwyn Troen has made the comparison with Israel. Currently the United States, historically in order of their assimilation: Schoolmarm: A female teacher that usually works in a. Milner, Clyde, Carol O'Connor, and Martha Sandweiss, eds. Mart A. Stewart, "If John Muir Had Been an Agrarian: American Environmental History West and South", Andrew C. Isenberg, "Environment and the Nineteenth-Century West; or, Process Encounters Place". Historian Michael J. Pfeifer writes, "Contrary to the popular understanding, early territorial lynching did not flow from an absence or distance of law enforcement but rather from the social instability of early communities and their contest for property, status, and the definition of social order."[275]. The Israeli pioneers brought in American experts on irrigation and agriculture to provide technical advice. His 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, gambling, and prostitution. The new railroads provided the opportunity for migrants to go out and take a look, with special family tickets, the cost of which could be applied to land purchases offered by the railroads. Such an atmosphere also invited trouble and such towns also developed reputations as lawless and dangerous places. [328], Buffalo Bill Cody was the most effective popularizer of the Old West in the U.S. and Europe. More than that, there was an unformulated, perhaps, but very real feeling, that mere success in the game, by which the abler men were able to achieve preëminence gave to the successful ones no right to look down upon their neighbors, no vested title to assert superiority as a matter of pride and to the diminution of the equal right and dignity of the less successful. The nearest railheads were 800 or more miles (1300+ km) north in Kansas (Abilene, Kansas City, Dodge City, and Wichita). [41], France was paid for its sovereignty over the territory in terms of international law. [204] In these times of conflict, Indians become more stringent about white men entering their territory. In the 1840s the Tyler and Polk administrations (1841–49) successfully promoted this nationalistic doctrine. By 1836, when the first migrant wagon train was organized in Independence, Missouri, a wagon trail had been cleared to Fort Hall, Idaho. It was not uncommon for bordellos in Western towns to operate openly, without the stigma of East Coast cities. Phillip Drennen Thomas, "The United States Army as the Early Patron of Naturalists in the Trans-Mississippi West, 1803–1820". greetings "[1] Turner's ideas since 1893 have inspired generations of historians (and critics) to explore multiple individual American frontiers, but the popular folk frontier concentrates on the conquest and settlement of Native American lands west of the Mississippi River, in what is now the Midwest, Texas, the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains, the Southwest, and the West Coast. Throughout the 19th century, Army officers typically served built their careers in peacekeeper roles moving from fort to fort until retirement. The wealth from silver, more than from gold, fueled the maturation of San Francisco in the 1860s and helped the rise of some of its wealthiest families, such as that of George Hearst. Kurt E. Kinbacher, and William G. Thoms III, "Shaping Nebraska". The law was especially important in the settling of the Plains states. In 1848–1849, Frémont was assigned to locate a central route through the mountains for the proposed transcontinental railroad, but his expedition ended in near-disaster when it became lost and was trapped by heavy snow. He worked closely with Gifford Pinchot and used the Newlands Reclamation Act of 1902 to promote federal construction of dams to irrigate small farms and placed 230 million acres (360,000 mi2 or 930,000 km2) under federal protection. Community . Maps; Maps. 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