Thus, Turner's Frontier Thesis proclaimed the westward frontier to be the defining process of American history.As the American frontier passed into history, the myths of the West in fiction and film took firm hold in the imagination of Americans and foreigners alike.In David Murdoch's view, America is exceptional in choosing its iconic self-image: "No other nation has taken a time and place from its past and produced a construct of the imagination equal to America's creation of the West." The frontier line was the outer line of European-American settlement.
The "French and Indian Wars" were imperial wars between Britain and France, with the French making up for their small colonial population base by enlisting Indian war parties as allies.
The series of large wars spilling over from European wars ended in a complete victory for the British in the worldwide Seven Years' War.
Few artisans settled on the frontier except for those who practiced a trade to supplement their primary occupation of farming.
There might be a storekeeper, a minister, and perhaps a doctor; and there were a number of landless laborers. In the South, frontier areas that lacked transportation, such as the Appalachian Mountain region, remained based on subsistence farming and resembled the egalitarianism of their northern counterparts, although they had a larger upper-class of slaveowners. However frontier areas of 1700 that had good river connections were increasingly transformed into plantation agriculture.
The American frontier began when Jamestown, Virginia was settled by the English in 1607.
In the earliest days of European settlement of the Atlantic coast, down to about 1680, the frontier was essentially any part of the interior of the continent beyond the fringe of existing settlements along the Atlantic coast.
The American frontier comprises the geography, history, folklore, and cultural expression of life in the forward wave of American expansion that began with English colonial settlements in the early 17th century and ended with the admission of the last mainland territories as states in 1912.
"Frontier" refers to a contrasting region at the edge of a European-American line of settlement.
Lawrence River, building communities that remained stable for long stretches; they did not simply jump west the way the British did.