The American Frontier, 1600-1830 Essay by The Research Group

The American Frontier, 1600-1830
Examines how reality and myth of the Western frontier influenced American society and institutions and concepts of freedom and opportunity.
# 14871 | 1,800 words | 4 sources | 1999 | US


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"Westward ho! The cry resounds throughout the whole of Euro-American history as immigrants moved from their initial, fragile settlements along the Atlantic Coast towards the lure of ever greener, richer, and emptier lands to the West.

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"Westward ho! The cry resounds throughout the whole of Euro-American history as immigrants moved from their initial, fragile settlements along the Atlantic Coast towards the lure of ever greener, richer, and emptier lands to the West. Although for much of the early part of settlement, European immigrants did not know exactly how much West there was, they wanted all of it, and this drive towards the Manifest Destiny – the idea that U.S. territorial expansion westward was not only inevitable but even divinely ordained – was a consuming force for much of the 18th and 19th centuries. This paper examines how both the reality and the idea of the western frontier influenced American society and institutions during the years 1600 to 1830, and how its influence differed from that of the ocean.

From the vantage point of the 20th century, the metaphor of the ..."

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