The Click on Interactive Map below shows the first
settlements in North America on the East Coast from
the early 1600s.
The Wild West evolved later through Ranching,
Farming, Gold and Silver.
Christopher Columbus discovered America in 1492,
leading to European Colonies being set up on the East
Coast from the 1600s, mainly from Britain, Holland,
France & Spain, leading to many battles with the
1760s, Britian gained control of most of the East
Coast of America.
The British discouraged people from settling
further West to prevent more Battles with
Indians in the West.
1783, America gained Independence from
Britain, leading to people exploring the Wild
West. The first Frontiersmen went in search of
Furs, Skins, Gold and to Map the best land for
Farming and Ranching.