The Wild West: 1804-1890 (See American History)

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Künstler’s paintings bring history to life with striking portrayals of the events of America’s Wild West, starting in 1804, when Lewis and Clark made their first expeditions, to 1890, when the American frontier was declared vanished.” The epic artworks faithfully capture the incredible landscapes, explorations, and battles of this important period, and ask children to look again and again for special details, such as the feathers in an American Indian chief’s headdress to the type of horse a cattleman rides. Together with text by award-winning historian James I. Robertson, Jr., these brilliantly explicit paintings engage a young reader’s attention and introduce him or her to American history through the visual arts.

Lauded by both historians and curators, Künstler presents beautifully rendered works chronicling America’s expansion to the West in a historically accurate and appealing way transporting the reader right into each scene.

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About the Author:

Mort Künstler is an American painter and the world’s most collected Civil War artist.

James I. Robertson, Jr. is nationally recognized American historian and the author of a number of books, including the ALA award-winning biography Stonewall Jackson.

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The Story of the Wild West

Cowboys, American Indians, horses, buffalo, roaming gunfighters, wagon trains, and the world’s longest railroad these are some of the images that may come to mind when you think of the Wild West. But they are only part of the long history of the land west of the Mississippi
River.

For thousands of years, the only inhabitants of North America were Native Americans. They lived in groups known as tribes, or bands, and each tribe had its own language, customs, and territory. Apaches were cave-dwellers in the deserts of the Southwest; Great Plains Indians roamed over the huge barren flatlands between the great Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains; and the Haida lived on islands off the coast of the Pacific Northwest.

Around 1492, Spanish explorers became the first Europeans to set foot in the North American wilderness. They brought with them muskets and metal armor, as well as their religion and language. Next came European fur-trappers hunting for beaver, otter, and wolves. While many of these explorers and trappers traveled alone, they established trails that would become highways during a period of great migration.

The Spaniards also brought with them an animal that was vital to settlement of the West: the horse. Frontiersmen became totally dependent on the horse as a means of transportation. In fact, horses were considered so valuable during the time of the Wild West that stealing one was punishable by death!

With the discovery of gold in California in 1848, rumors ran wild of streets paved in the precious metal. Tens of thousands of people headed west in the Gold Rush, hoping to strike it rich. Within two years, the mostly unexplored territory of California had become an official state.

The American Civil War (from 1861 to 1865) did not stop the flow of migration. In fact, an act passed by Congress during the war years was designed to encourage those who were thinking of heading west.

In 1865, the Great West was a huge wilderness area covering around two million square miles. It contained plains, mountains, deserts, and forests. Some of the forests were so dense it was said that a squirrel could jump from tree to tree for hundreds of miles without ever touching the ground!

By 1900, the entire region had been carved into ten states and four territories. Never before in history had so large an area been settled so quickly.

Hundreds of wagon trains loaded with American and European pioneers and their meager belongings snaked slowly westward. Some were looking for better farmland or simply for land of their own. Others headed west because they had broken the law and wanted a fresh start. Nothing in life was easy for the pioneers. Danger was present every mile of the way: extreme weather, hostile tribes, stampeding buffalo, wild animals, lack of water, sickness, a broken wagon wheel, getting lost . The journey was as much a battle for survival as it was a pilgrimage to a better home. As one pioneer woman wrote in her diary:

The last of the Black Hills we crossed this afternoon, over the roughest and most desolate piece of ground that was ever made (called by some the Devil’s Crater). Not a drop of water, nor a spear of grass to be seen, nothing but barren hills, bare broken rock, sand and dust.

With the arrival of the railroad, travel became much easier. Now, the Iron Horse” tamed the wilderness, allowing people to move faster, more safely, and in all kinds of weather. The completion of the transcontinental line in 1869, which connected the Atlantic and the Pacific coasts, saw the number of pioneers soar to record levels.

Two main obstacles stood in the way of Western settlement: Native Americans and buffalo. Eventually, pioneers and soldiers conquered the first group and slaughtered the other to the point of extinction.

With the taming of the Wild West came lawlessness. Pioneers had staked their lives on land claims, herds of livestock, and possible sources of gold, and they had a lot to lose. Some of the first frontier towns Deadwood, Abilene, Tucson, Dodge City, Tombstone were infamous for gambling halls and murders. Legendary gunslingers, famous sheriffs, shoot-outs between good guys and bad, all were part of this stage of development. (While some of the stories are true, many are not.)

It took more than 25 years to bring law and order to the Wild West. During that time, government officials regularly made and then broke treaties with Native Americans. When U.S. cavalry attacked a tribe, soldiers often killed not only the men but also the women and children.

In 1890, the U.S. Census Bureau announced that there was no new land left to settle in the western frontier, and so the Old West was officially dead. However proof of the pioneers’ hard work and determination is everywhere in the towns and cities they helped build.

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