What is a
have received several questions asking “what is a frontiersmen
and in what period of time did they exist?”
look at what Webster’s University Dictionary states - to be
actuate and not misunderstood.
we’ll look at the word “frontier” (we are only interested in
the part that fills our need of answering the original question).
and front are both
derived from Latin frons,
“forehead, front, façade.” Frontier
was borrowed into English from the French in the 15th
century with the meaning “borderland,” the region of a country
that fronts on another country. The use of frontier
to mean “a region at the edge of a settled area” is a special
American development. During most of American history the edge of
the settled country was the place where unlimited cheap land was
available to anyone willing to live the hard but independent life
of the pioneer farmer. It has long been recognized that the
experience of frontier
life had an important part in shaping American society and
character. This sense of frontier
has also been extended to other areas of achievement and conquest.
(frdn-tlzé man) n. A man living in a frontier area, an
independent individual with skills to survive on ones own ability.
description says it all “A
man living in a frontier area, an independent individual with
skills to survive on ones own ability.” Remember the term
“man” refers to
either sex, male or female that lives on the frontier or
borderlands (settlements near by that area). This is interesting
when you go a step further, it’s not just the adventurer,
explorer or trapper, but everyone, skilled or unskilled that where
involved in the development of this land. That is why the “North
American Frontiersmen” was formed to meet those missed by
other associations and organizations. Now you have a home that
covers all the various labors of the new world from the camp
follower to the highly skilled trappers that roamed from 1750 to
also been asked for some good reference books that may help in
developing a personal persona.
adventurous types I like: “The Frontier Rifleman” by
Richard B. LaCrosse, Jr. ISBN: 0-913150-57-6 / Pioneer Press –
P.O. Box 684
you for your time.
de Pays !