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Lets rollWagons West The Epic Story of Americas Overland Trailsby Frank McLynn510pp CapeIt is extraordinary to recall that when the Lewis and Clark expedition returned from the first crossing of America in 1806 the USs western frontier was still largely defined by the Appalachian mountains Yet within just 50 years of that legendary journey the nation had acquired almost the entire region the explorers had traversed as far as the Pacific In California alone there were more than 200000 white settlers by 1860 and America was set to emerge as a major world powerIn Wagons West Frank McLynn describes the early phase of this massive westerly movement which he defines as one of the most dramatic migrations in human history He imposes the unity of time upon his drama by narrating only the events of 1840-49His period is carefully chosen Up until 1840 the region west of the Rockies was familiar only to a handful of fur-trapping mountain men by 1849 the discovery of Californian gold instantly turned the flow of settlers to a flood Yet the convoys of the 1840s established all the major routes defined the methods and style of transport and involved some of the critical episodes in the history of the American west such as the Mormons mass departure for Salt Lake CityIf one sets aside the tragic suffering later inflicted on the regions mosaic of Native American cultures the exodus to the west is a stirring tale of achievement In fact until the end of the 1840s the white wagon trains did not impose particular strain on Indian society Rather there was a largely beneficial cultural exchange and it is refreshing to find McLynn disposing of the standard conflict-riven falsehoods of the western movie Rather we find fur trappers married and integrated into Lakota society or Indian braves stripped to the waist and helping to ferry settlers across the fast-flowing riversAlthough the risk from the native inhabitants was small
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