These maps present a visualisation of key events from the history of the American West. Within the context of the physical environment you can chart the routes of early overland travellers and the development of agriculture and the railways, and understand key political epochs from 1820 to 1900. Click on one of the categories to begin.
Sources: Frontiers (Robert V. Hine and John Mack Faragher), The American West 1840-1895 (Hodder Murray) and Historical Atlas of the American West (Beck and Haase).
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