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nathan cassano

on 9 February 2010

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The West Essay
The American Old West known as the Old West, Wild West or Far West comprises the history, geography, people, lore, and cultural life in the Western United States most often referring to the period of the later half of the 19th century, between the American Civil War and the end of the century.

The giant land base, with its agricultural land and mineral wealth, appealed to land hungry homesteaders.

The establishment of the Geological Survey of Canada made sure that there was excellent information available for those who wished to exploit these resources.
Settlement did not just involve homesteading. It was also an aspect of the industrial revolution that saw railways, mines and factories being developed to support towns and cities.

Railways became the means to facilitate both agricultural and industrial development and it was realized by individuals such as Father of Confederation Sir Alexander Galt and Martin Nordegg.

After the eighteenth century and the push beyond the Appalachian Mountains, the term is generally applied to anywhere west of the Mississippi River in earlier periods and westward from the frontier strip toward the later part of the 19th century.
More broadly, the period stretches from the early 19th century to the end of the Mexican Revolution in 1920.

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