Life in the Old West

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Ranching and Farming

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As the West was settled, ranchers and farmers were often bitter opponents.

Their struggle to get along literally shaped the landscape and settlement of the American West. And while ranchers struggled to keep the range open and drive out the farmers who wanted to restrict it with fencing and their crops — both groups faced conflict with various Indian tribes who had completely different views on land ownership and expansion by white ranchers and farmers! You can read about it by clicking on articles and links below in our every-growing library of articles in this “Ranching and Farming” category.