Summary Chapter 16 The Conquest Of The Far West

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Chapter 16 The Conquest of the Far West Pioneers such as farmers, ranchers, and miners settled west around 1845 and recreated the image of “The Great American Desert” to a legendary “Frontier.” Many Americans were in the west before the Civil War. Despite efforts to drive away established native populations, the Anglo-Americans found themselves among them with their influence in everything they did. Pioneers really relied on federal money and the capitalism of the East. The Far West or “Great West” was more than just one region beyond the Mississippi River; it was filled with many people and different environments. The most widespread Indian group of the West was the Plains Indians. The Plains Indians were made up of many different tribes. They were a very diversegroup of Indians who turned to agriculture, settling in the river valleys where they cultivated corn, beans, squash, and tobacco. The Plains Indians were farmers and nomadic hunters. Their tribes were subdivided into bands, interrelated groups, and these bands had their own governing councils and decision making processes. The Plains Indians practiced a nature religion and had typical male and female roles within each band. The Plains Indians hunted buffalo on small horses; they moved from place to place, following the buffalo…show more content…
In Roughing It, Mark Twain wrote about the romantic Nevada during the mine boom. Mark Twain also wrote about the closer frontier of the Mississippi Valley in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer with the theme of escape from tradition. Frederic Remington was one of the most beloved painters of the late 19thcentury; he romanticized the free-spirit of the cowboy in his paintings. Theodore Roosevelt explored the Dakota Badlands in the 1880’s and wrote The Winning of the West, a romanticized account of the westward

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