By Ray Allen Billington
When it seemed in 1949, the 1st version of Ray Allen Billington's Westward Expansion set a brand new regular for scholarship in western American background, and the book's acceptance between historians, students, and scholars grew via 4 next versions. This abridgment and revision of Billington and Martin Ridge's 5th version, with a brand new creation and extra scholarship by way of Ridge, in addition to an up-to-date bibliography, makes a speciality of the Trans-Mississippi frontier.
Although the textual content units out the striking tale of the yankee frontier, which turned, virtually from the start, an archetypal narrative of the hot American nation's profitable enlargement, the authors don't forget the social, environmental, and human fee of nationwide growth. whereas so much americans take pleasure within the nation's frontier historical past and its linked myths, in addition they percentage that historical past with others--especially with humans of color--in whose collective thoughts the tale of the yankee west is rendered either darkish and painful. Westward Expansion encourages an realizing of yank "westering" that's aware of the racism and over the top nationalism that regularly marred the Western frontier adventure. while, the authors comprehend a feeling of optimism, a profound religion in members' personal talents, the willingness to innovate, and an abiding belief in democracy to be the transcendent values of the frontier event, characteristics that proceed to steer the nature of America's humans lengthy after the shut of the western frontier.
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Before the British had time to propose even a temporary solution to their western problem, Indian traders followed the army as it occupied French posts. Some represented responsible Albany and Montreal firms, but others were dis solute wretches who, eager for quick profits, cheated and debauched the Indians. Settlers also took advantage of the political and military vacuum. They ignored Colonel Henry Bouquet's 1 76 1 proclamation forbidding settlement west of the Appalachian Mountains. Indian leaders, without the French to play off against the British, faced a grave threat.
The con struction of railroads opened and closed an era of settlement east of the Mississippi. The prairies of central Illinois were now accessible because goods could be brought in and crops shipped. The rapid growth of towns and a short age of wood meant that the forests of Wisconsin, once a barrier to develop ment, became an asset to New England lumber men in search of new resources and markets. By 1 848, Wisconsin became a state. Although pioneering condi- Westward to the Mississippi 43 PA.
Amherst's forces responded with a vengeance, crushing Indian resistance. By the summer of 1 764, George Croghan, as interested in profiting from the Indian trade and land speculation as peace, secured Pontiac's surrender. The chief, deeply disillusioned by the fail ure of the French to come to his aid, had no alternative. Even before peace was restored, the London government issued the Proclamation of I 76 3 , which, based on ignorance and indifference, can only be The Indian Demarcation Line C HA P T E R O N E described a s a cheap, false solution t o the complex western problem.