Frontiersman

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Daniel Boone escorting settlers through the Cumberland Gap, by George Caleb Bingham

Frontiersmen and frontierswomen were/are people living on the frontier between settled and unsettled lands. The frontier was a place between civilization and the unknown wilderness.[1] Frontiersmen often cleared the land, built shelters, raised children, and grew crops.[2] Hunting and animal trapping were prime sources of meat.[3] Animal furs and skins were made into clothing. Famous American frontiersmen include Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, and Kit Carson.[4] The United States, Canada, and Australia are the countries where frontiersmen and women have been found in large numbers.

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  1. Tim McNeese, American Frontier (St. Louis, Mo.: Milliken Publishing Co., 2002), p. 2
  2. Tim McNeese, American Frontier (St. Louis, Mo.: Milliken Publishing Co., 2002), p. 20
  3. John C. Weaver, Great Land Rush and the Making of the Modern World, 1650-1900 (Montreal, Quebec: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2003), p. 106
  4. Objects of Special Devotion: Fetishism in Popular Culture, ed. Ray Broadus Browne (Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green University Popular Press, 1982), p. 155