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Gender roles in Native American cultures were far more progressive than elsewhere. Men and women often learned the same skills, including cooking, sewing, riding horses, skinning leather, and using weapons.Here, a young Piegan woman sits on a hilltop
wearing a traditional beaded dress.
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This 1886 photo shows a family of settlers posing in front of their covered wagon.
The Louisiana Purchase in 1803 began the massive expansion of
Americans into western territories. In total,
828,000 square miles were purchased for $15 million from France.
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This is Broncho Charlie Miller, purportedly the last surviving member of the Pony Express, who would later perform in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.
The Pony Express famously helped establish communication between the east and Western United States, reducing the time for a letter to travel cross-country to just 10 days.
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