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How Cities Won the West: Four Centuries of Urban Change in Western North America

(Histories of the American Frontier)

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Cities rather than individual pioneers have been the driving force in the settlement and economic development of the western half of North America. Throughout the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries, western urban centers served as starting points for conquest and settlement. As these frontier cities matured into metropolitan centers, they grew from imitators ...more
Hardcover, 347 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by University of New Mexico Press
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Most Americans learn about the pioneers and the Oregon Trail at a young age; some even played the classic video game ("You have died of dysentary"). And their understanding of the Western half of the United States is that pioneers settled, farmed, mined, logged or whatever and later the territories became states, and the states chugged along until today, filled with little towns and old homesteading land or something like that.

According to Carl Abbott, a professor of urban studies at Portland St
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