Wild West (Digital Download)

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In this Globe Trekker Special, Zay Harding, Sami Sabiti, Holly Morris, Justine Shapiro and Ian Wright explore the extraordinary history of America's spectacular Wild West. Sami Sabiti starts our journey by following Lewis & Clark's 3700 mile journey of exploration in 1804, which took them all the way to the Pacific coast in modern-day Oregon. By 1840 a wagon route to the west had been completed, known as the Oregon Trail, and within 20 years more than 300,000 settlers from the east had travelled to the new frontier. Further south much of today's USA was back then part of Mexico. Zay Harding visits the location of the most famous siege in the history of the Wild West, which took place in 1836 at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. In the decades after the Gold Rush, the population of the Wild West continued to grow rapidly. One way to travel out west was on the Butterfield Stagecoach, which from 1858 to 1861 carried passengers all the way from Missouri on the 3000 mile journey to San Francisco. Zay Harding travels part of the route, near El Paso, Texas, riding shotgun on a renovated stagecoach just like in the old days. The completion of the Transcontinental Railroad may have been a triumph for the USA, but it was a disaster for the country's Native Americans, as the flow of settlers to the West now became a flood. On the Great Plains, Zay Harding meets a member of the Lakota tribe who speaks of the brutal extermination of the buffalo following the building of the railroad, and the many battles that the indigenous people fought in the vain attempt to defend their rightful land from the fearsome US Cavalry. Very rarely, the Native Americans won a fleeting victory. Ian Wright heads to the Little Bighorn battlefield in Montana, the site of Custer's famous Last Stand in 1876. By the time that Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were killed in a shootout in 1908, most of the Wild West itself was nearing the end of its days, becoming tamed. The remotest parts of the Pacific Northwest, however, still remained substantially unexplored the Wild West's final frontier. Zay Harding travels to Dawson City in the Yukon, Canada, which was transformed by the Klondike Gold Rush at the turn of the century.

Runtime: 52 minutes per show
FORMAT: H.264 MP4 *Plays on Roku, AppleTV, Playstation, Xbox, Chromecast, Mac, PC, Cell Phone, or Tablet

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