How The West Was Won

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The American frontier is made up of history, geography, cultural expression, and folklore of life. Americans expanded westwards from the initial colonial settlements up to the early 20th century with an emphasize put on a period commonly referred to win the old west. Frontier history is all about the story of land use, market development and the formation of states. The United States expanded from coast to coast through foreign treaties, political sabotage, military conquest, and digging mines, and pulling in enormous migrations of foreigners. As time passed by, the American frontier floated into history, and the myths of the west firmly held to the imagination of Americans. To explain how the West was won and make it pleasant to... View More »

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According to American Indian History, journalist John O’Sullivan states that, “manifest destiny to overspread and to process the whole of the continent which providence has given us for the development of the great experiment of liberty and federated self-government entrusted to us.”(p. 149). The Government immediately used this concept to imply that it was “God’s will that Americans settle the West without regard to Indian claims this land” (Sonneborn, p. 136). Not only the expansion of the land, these government politicians also believe that, the development and future lifestyles of Native Americans would be decided by them because God intended them to. John Quincy Adams, the 6th President of the United States stated that “the whole continent of North America is destined by divine providence to be peopled by one nation, speaking one language, professing one general belief of religious and political principals”, which became a complete threat to Native American culture and their existence. With the continuation of western expansion, the removal of Indians became a less viable policy. The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) began to make more and more treaties with Native American to open up more lands for White settlements. When the increased amount of settlement became threaten to Indians, they began to attack the non-native settlements. According to American Indian History, “the continual atmosphere of fear exploded into terror during such highly publicized revolts as the Whitman massacre of 1847 and the Dakota Sioux uprising of 1862, during which Indians murdered White ...

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