The Frontier in American History

20 Nov

The Frontier in American History

The Frontier in American History

Language: English

Pages: 232

ISBN: 1463684126

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

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resulted in the defeat of the democratic forces that sought to stay the progress of aristocratic control in the colony. The date marks the end of the period when the Virginia tidewater could itself be regarded as a frontier region, and consequently the beginning of a more special interest in the interior. Let us first examine the northern part of the movement into the back country. The expansion of New England into the vacant spaces of its own section, in the period we have chosen for

continuation along the similar valley to the south, in Maryland and Virginia, was a natural one, especially as the increasing tide of emigrants raised the price of lands. In 1719 the proprietor’s price for Pennsylvania lands was ten pounds per hundred acres, and two shillings quit-rents. In 1732 this became fifteen and one-half pounds, with a quit-rent of a half penny per acre. During the period 1718 to 1732, when the Germans were coming in great numbers, the management of the lands fell into

wedge-shaped column up the Illinois Valley. The southern element constituted the main portion of this phalanx of ax-bearers. Abraham Lincoln’s father joined the throng of Kentuckians that entered the Indiana woods in 1816, and the boy, when he had learned to hew out a forest home, betook himself, in 1830, to Sangamon county, Illinois. He represents the pioneer of the period; but his ax sank deeper than other men’s, and the plaster cast of his great sinewy hand, at Washington, embodies the

the War of 1812, and the real center of authority was in Canada. But after the digging of the Erie Canal, settlement began to turn into Michigan. Between 1830 and 1840 the population of the state leaped from thirty-one thousand to two hundred twelve thousand, in the face of the fact that the heavy debt of the state and the crisis of 1837 turned from her borders many of the thrifty, debt-hating Germans. The vast majority of the settlers were New Yorkers. Michigan is distinctly a child of the

farms for their children, although under an alien flag. And finally the government has taken to itself great areas of arid land for reclamation by costly irrigation projects whereby to furnish twenty-acre tracts in the desert to settlers under careful regulation of water rights. The government supplies the capital for huge irrigation dams and reservoirs and builds them itself. It owns and operates quarries, coal mines and timber to facilitate this work. It seeks the remotest regions of the earth

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