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Wagon trains set out across the prairie bearing families and cargo, but it isn't smooth sailing for the "prairie schooners." Disease, weather extremes, and impassable terrain plague travelers.
The towering Rocky Mountains pose a seemingly impenetrable barrier to westward progress. Undaunted, mountain men brave grizzly bear and Indian attacks in the quest for pelts, opening new trails westward.
Cherokee Indians share "mountain medicine" with struggling settlers in the thickly wooded Appalachians. After the devastating Trail of Tears, a voracious logging industry transforms the land.
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- Rating: TV-G
- Premise: The role of the landscape in the settling of the American west. (more)