Frontiersman

person who lives on the frontier

Frontiersmen and frontierswomen 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 countries In which frontiersmen and women have been found in large numbers.

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

ReferencesEdit

  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