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Starting in 1996 I gleaned the web, newspaper articles, magazines, pictures, etc. which I wanted to keep and along with some original content add the things I'm interested in and I hope you are too. I come from Missouri originally and operate this site from Oklahoma. I have a construction background, but since the stroke I do this Web Site. The Contact Us, The Small Print, and a Link Exchange are located on the contact page.
I was always a cowboy. This interest from my long ago stayed with me and I've attempted to share some of this romance with you on these pages. With some items, articles, and history I've picked up in my western travels, I hope you enjoy them.
European nations came to the Americas to increase their wealth and broaden their influence over world affairs. The Spanish were among the first Europeans to explore the New World and the first to settle in what is now the United States. By 1650, however, England had established a dominant presence on the Atlantic coast. The first colony was founded at Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607. Many of the people who settled in the New World came to escape religious persecution. The Pilgrims, founders of Plymouth, Massachusetts, arrived in 1620. In both Virginia and Massachusetts, the colonists flourished with some assistance from Native Americans. New World grains such as corn kept the colonists from starving while, in Virginia, tobacco provided a valuable cash crop. By 1770, more than 2 million people lived and worked in Great Britain's 13 North American colonies.
Defending the Colonies against attack by the French and others had cost the British a great deal of money. As a result, the British had very high taxes in their country. They thus decided to shift some of their financial burden to the colonists. The Stamp Act of 1765, which taxed all legal documents, newspapers and other documents, was met with a great uproar in the Colonies. In 1766, this tax was repealed, but it was just the beginning of the problems between the colonists and the British. The Boston Tea Party in 1773 was an act of revolt against the British and their tax on tea in the Colonies.
Tensions such as these eventually led to the writing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. A year earlier, the War of Independence, also known as the American Revolution, began. When the British finally surrendered on October 19, 1781, Americans were officially independent of Britain and set about establishing their own government.
Under President Jefferson, the country expanded westward with the purchase of the Louisiana territory and the Lewis and Clark expedition. The War of 1812 against Britain, sometimes called the Second War of American Independence, lasted three years. After the war, a mood of nationalism existed as people focused on events and issues at home.
Presidents Andrew Jackson, James Polk, and John Tyler, like many Americans of this time, embraced the notion of enlarging the "empire for liberty." In other words they wanted to expand the borders of America westward. While some pioneers headed west to California, others attempted to expand the idea of what "liberty" in America meant.
The American West produced many exciting heroes and legends. Names like Jesse James & Cole Younger, The Dalton Gang, Kit Carson and Calamity Jane bring up images of train robberies, scouting, trapping, and gun-fighting duels. Women, like Annie Oakley, Belle Star, Willa Cather, Cattle Kate, Helen Hunt Jackson, and Carry Nation, made a large mark on the Old West as everything from shady characters to leaders (paving the way for women's rights). Landmarks, like Tombstone and The Alamo, are tributes to the people like Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, Daniel Boone, and Sam Houston who made those sites famous. And then there was Samuel Colt who made the American West into what we know it today just by developing a gun.
There is much legend surrounding the wild west when it comes to outlaws and lawmen. The odd thing is that on occasion, the two were interchangeable and a lawman might have been a bandit previously in another state. We call it the Wild West. To many it means guns, cattle, horses and gunfights. But it was also homesteading and pioneering. It was a rugged country back then with little amenities and much danger. It represented the growth of our nation from independent states and scattered people to a united country.
If you're looking to find “how the west was won", you'll learn from these pages that it was won with courage, perseverance, adventure, inventiveness and strength of purpose. The American west is filled with interesting facts about people such as James Bowie, General Armstrong Custer, Sam Houston. and Levi Strauss who invented blue jeans pants. The Lewis & Clark Expedition, which marked the Northwest Passage, was a great adventure and a great part of American history. Other events such as the famous Gunfight at the O.K. Corral or the tragic events of the Donner Party illustrate that this period in America's history was dangerous and deadly.
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