The Colonial Frontier in America
Overview of Frontier Migration
in the Colonial Period
After 100 years of coastal colonization, settlers began to push into the interior of continental North America. Driven by fear of attack by native peoples, or lure of land speculation, or just the desire to discover what lay west, explorers followed the rivers and penetrated the mountains to the west.
Adventure and tragedy followed the pioneers--some well-known to history, others obscured by time.