Just to clarify the second question, was it common for medieval English adventurers to venture to Ireland to seek glory and fortune?
Most would consider me an outsider, the black sheep, the one picked last socially. I don’t mind these things, they give me a sense of familiarity with myself. When alone you are faced with a never ending cycle of thoughts based on what you have decided to let into you your consciousness. At the end of the day , alone or not, It’s your choice on what you let dictate your mindset and beliefs and sometimes with the right person and an open mind, solitude can be revolutionary and game changing. Just turned 21, I’ve lived in 6 different states multiple times as a kid moved all around never gaining traction on who I was or where I belonged, work wise and in society. Moved to Florida 5 years ago and I’ve been here ever since, I’ve seen a lot of people come and go in my life and recently it seems like they’ve just stopped coming. My mom left when I was younger my sister followed and my family was never even nearly understanding of me. My great grandpa died a couple weeks back and it made me realize how desensitized my family really is and how sick and emotionless people have become. People were racing to get his gold chain and his kids\ grandkids were throwing a fit because his daughter took it, but no one wanted to rescue his dog and cat that he loved so much... and we still haven’t had the funeral and no one cares. If it wasn’t for that man none of the men in my family would be here today including me, makes me sick that they don’t respect or recognize that fact. I’ve had all these people in life tell me what to do, tell me what roads I should go down or what avenues I should explore. all that’s done is lead me in a down hill spiral without ever having a mentor or someone to show me the ropes of life. I want to be the one in my family that breaks the generational curse of low human frequency, energy and vibration. I’ve been doing my research for almost a month straight and I feel as though I’m ready to start my journey to fulfill my own goal of gaining knowledge not held by many to pass on to my children so they may do the same in their own unique way. I have my pack ready my wits about me and my street smarts in check. I’d love to hear some stories from you guys about why you decided to hitchhike, train hop and tramp around the country or the world. What gave you the idea or the passion. Who inspired you? Was it your only option? What advice do you all have for me besides not to do it? I’m fairly new to Reddit I enjoy seeing the community of people on here s... keep reading on reddit ➡
Something that makes me morbidly interested in US culture is how, according to the frontier thesis, many aspects of the American way of life came directly from the ideals of settlers and pionieers. Quote from my history textbook: "Go West, young man, go West and grow up with the country."
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I am about 2/3 through my first reading of Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. My current thoughts are... oh my God, how has no one ever told me that this is one of the most amazing reading experiences I willl ever have?
Because I’ve been so immersed in the awesome story and characters, I haven’t felt my usual draw to Google dozens of historical questions prompted by my reading. But I have been wondering about one thing in particular. Characters are continually setting out to find people in the vast expanse between Texas and Nebraska (and I assume up to Montana, I’m just not there yet). They set out to find a person or group and, with or without experienced trackers, they often succeed. They do it through word of mouth (seems like the main method), tracking skills (often includes spotting campfires), a supposedly limited number of routes to take, and intuition.
I understand that it’s a fictional story. Not written by a professional historian. I’m not exactly looking for a referendum on historical accuracy. I just want to hear some accurate historical thoughts on the topic... Was there actually some sense in the 19th century American West of a small community of people who were at least marginally aware of everybody important and who could track down whoever they wanted to find?
I’m sort in love with this novel right now. Maybe I should just be asking professional and amateur historians of the 19th American West to give me their takes on the book overall, I think that’s what I really am hungry for.
ETA: I can never get a post right on the first or fifth or (ETA again) tenth time.
What does The American Frontier mean? How was it formed?
Let the whaling commence
I'm playing Read Dead Redemption 2 right now and I really want to read some Western stories/American Frontier stories. A lot of them are set in the Sotuh though, which is fine, but I would love something more in the North. Something in the Rocky Mountains or the Appalachian Mountains. Something with outlaws or pioneers or trappers (or all of them), something with pine woods and mountains and crunching snow in the winter. Or also, something in Alaska or Canada. Or maybe a good novel about the Oregon Trail or other trails like that into the West/North-West?
I'm thinking about reading The Revenant as novel, but I'd also love some novel about a gang of misfits like in RDR2 or something about the struggles of a new settlement on the Frontier (see Assassin's Creed 3).
Do you have any suggestions? Thanks!
It occurred to me that homesteaders would spend a great deal of time outdoors and would be keenly interested in anything that might be out of the ordinary. Poachers, predators, strangers, anything that threatened their hard fought existence.
Alternatively, is there anything in Native American culture that hints at visitation?
I've been working on a 1700s setting that's based on the American frontier, in a fictional, low fantasy way.
If you would, take a look at this poll of goals and pick one for what the adventurers are up to.
Based on that, I'll be rolling up an entire randomly-generated campaign, going as far as people want to go, and as far as my random tables get me.
The US civil war has brought to the surface the growing political divides within the nation following the failed assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the shaky reconstruction, tensions are high. The third Civil is upon us some the hypothetical factions.
The Confederate States: the South will rise again will be on the backs of the innocent or will they set their differences a side in favor of a shared southern identity.
The US: Following a devastating civil war, and unchecked government power. Lincoln struggles to maintain stability.
An (unamed) State made up of freed slaves: with the scars of slavery still fresh in their minds freed men and women rally the common man towards biblical ideals that all men are equal in the eyes of God and their tribal traditions (I imagine sorts of a Christian socialism competiting against african tribal traditions), however not all amongst them are found of European beliefs and long for a return to their roots.
The Mormon church: Utah baby, UTAH!!! OHHHH YEEAAAHH!!
The Rainbow Nation: A coalition of native American tribes hoping to carve out a nation on the Western frontier.
The Chinese especially in the Pacific Northwest. Mexico in the South West. Canada because Canda. Alaska because why not a Tsarist Alaskan Empire. Etc.