The Frontier Of The American Frontier

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American frontiersmen during the 19th century were some of the fiercest pioneers that have ever roamed newly unexplored territories. After the American Revolution, the United States gained territory that the British Empire claimed as their own west of the Appalachians. This created new opportunities for many Americans throughout the liberated country to travel west, specifically the well-known pioneer--Daniel Boone—who was very famous for his successful settlements in Kentucky. As a result, many men were inspired by the great pioneer to travel across the country, encouraged to move from the passing of the Northwest Ordinance (1787), and the “Manifest Destiny” Movement. Throughout the course of the 19th century many frontiersmen will make their way even further west for exploring, hunting (fur trapping), trading, and even pirating. To greater enhance knowledge of how these mighty frontiersmen lived their lives, this term paper will confer about how the western frontier came to be, while focusing on Jim Bridger, Jedediah Smith, and Hugh Glass, icons of the American frontier. Prior to the American Revolution, western territory was always land that was unknown to settlers in the New World. The American frontier (Figure 1) began with the discovery of Jamestown (1607), and continued with the European exploration along the Eastern woodland coast of North America (Welling 2012). Trading was what really began the drive for expanding territories. European fur traders, (located
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