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Effects of the American Frontier- The North American frontier contributed greatly to todays American culture For nearly 150 years before independence the Appalachian mountain range had been the American frontier separating civilization from wilderness When North America gained independence and became the United States however people began to move more freely across the frontiers into the unknown The land belonged to them now and they were free to explore it however deeply they chose claiming at will what land they saw One can explain American development as the existence of a large area of free land constantly receding and American settlement advancing westward The difference in American institutions from those of any other nation is that American institutions have a way of adapting themselves to the growing changing nation for which they were imposed In addition American development has shown itself to be not only an advance along a single frontier but a cycle of returning to primitive conditions along a constantly moving frontier line then settling and civilizing those areas The American frontier is also unlike that of any other country in that most other countries have developed in a limited area of which they knew the boundaries meeting and conquering other developing nations around them But in the case of North America the frontier was where savagery and civilization met and nobody knew what lay beyond it The settlers of North America had no idea that the continent they had begun settling was so enormously vast they simply took nature as it came The pioneers necessity to cope with natural barriers and survive in near anarchy in essence being self-sufficient has greatly affected the American culture of today One of the areas affected by the frontier experience was politics People on
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