AMH-essay1 - American History 2020 Alise Ramirez September...

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American History 2020 Alise Ramirez September 10, 2010 Betty Sample The Great West Essay #1 [1865-1896] “Up to our own day American history has been in a large degree the history of the colonization of the Great West. The existence of an area of free land, its continuous recession, and the advance of American settlement westward, explains American development.” – Frederick Jackson Turner, 1893. The expansion of the ‘Great West’ during the years of 1865 to 1896 transformed the arid, Indian inhabited west into a domain of four territories riveted by a steel infrastructure and enveloped by ‘Big business’ industries; Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Oklahoma. Such rapid industrialization and colonization was accomplished by the railroads, cattlemen, miners, farmers and Indians; whom all expanded westward in pursuit of a different goal, and faced varying challenges throughout the industrial journey in1896. The railroads sought to establish national unity through transportation, which also promoted the settlement of the dry lands, and increased the economy as mechanization of Agriculture and mass-production methods gave way in to ‘Big Businesses’. However, the most frequent challenges faced by the railroad industries were the native Indians that lived on the lands where tracks would soon be laid. The Battle of Little Bighorn is illustrious of the tensions caused by the desire of white pioneers seeking to further expand the western lands for financial satisfaction. In resolution, the railroad workers often had to battle the Indians, kill off the bison
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