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“Americans would have migrated westward to seek more space or “elbow room” even if paintersand writers had not romanticized western landscapes”. OpieOpie (1998) states, "In America, a landscape depleted of wood from a forest, a low tobacco harvest from overused soil, or the end of a vein of iron ore could also be remedied by a fresh start in the western wilderness" (p.116). Opie (1998) stated that Frederick Jackson Turner made a compelling thesis on the frontiersmen, remarking "waves of frontier settlement, moving continuously westward onto "empty land," [was] a phenomenon that supposedly gave Americans their personal sense of individualism, enterprise, optimism, and especially their democratic institutions" (p. 159)I strongly agree with the statement that “Americans would have migrated westward to seek morespace or ‘elbow room’ even if painters and writers had not romanticized western landscapes”. America was a growing and developing country. It had been stripped bare of its resources, and Americans were hungry for expansion. Opie (1998) corroborates this statement by claiming