Primary source documents chronicling the westward expansion in America from the early 18th to the mid-twentieth century

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From early topographical sketches and pioneers’ accounts, to photographs of Buffalo Bill and his ‘Wild West’ stars, explore the fact and the fiction of westward expansion in America. Browse a wide range of rare and original documents including printed books, journals, historic maps, broadsides, periodicals, advertisements, photographs, artwork and more.

It covers the following thematic areas:

  • Agricultural development, landscape and the environment
  • Borderlands
  • Cattle ranchers, grazing and trails
  • Homesteaders, overland travel and early settlements
  • Mining and the Gold Rush
  • Native Americans
  • Outlaws, vigilantes and the law
  • Pioneers, hunters and explorers
  • The imagined West
  • Mormons and missionaries
  • Railroads, transportation and urban history
  • Military encounters

Useful if you study:

  • History
  • American studies

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