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The American Wild West
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The Wild West Wardrobe
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In your notebook, write a few lines to describe how people were dressed in the Wild West.
Iconic Wild West Figures
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How 'Wild' was the Wild West
How 'Wild' was the Wild West (Short Animated Documentary)
15 Feb 2020
Wild West Facts
The American Old West, also known as the American frontier or the Wild West, means the history, geography, people, and culture of life in the Western United States. This often referring to the period of the latter half of the 19th century, between the American Civil War and the end of the century.
• The American Wild West took place in the Western United States, just about anywhere west of the Mississippi River. It occurred in the early part of the 19th century and lasted until the end of the Mexican Revolution in 1920. Many conflicts were occurring as people moved further onto the lands occupied by Native American tribes. The people moving onto to these lands claimed the land as their land. The Native American didn’t believe that anyone could own land. They believed the land was there for everyone to use and enjoy.
• In 1877, Congress passed the Desert Land Act which permitted settlers to purchase up to 640 acres of public land at 25 cents an acre. Thousands of people moved west to take advantage of this opportunity.
• No one has any way of actually knowing how many Native American people inhabited North America before exploration on the continent began. There were 240 Native American tribes which spoke 300 different languages.
• Many legends have come out of the Old West, but none as big as the outlaws. Some of the most famous outlaws were: Billy the Kid, Dalton Brothers, Jesse James, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
• Another big part of the Old West was the Wild West Show. Buffalo Bill created a wild west show that included a rodeo and sharpshooting. One of his most famous sharpshooters was a woman. Her name was Annie Oakley.
• The Pony Express officially began on April 3, 1860. The Pony Express consisted of relays of men riding horses carrying saddlebags of mail across a 2000-mile trail from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California. The first westbound trip was made in 9 days and 23 hours and the eastbound journey in 11 days and 12 hours. The pony riders covered 250 miles in a 24-hour day. The express route was extremely hazardous, but only one mail delivery was ever lost.
• In 1874, Joseph Glidden received a patent for his invention of barbed wire. The fencing changed farming and ranching in the Wild West.
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