28th October 2019


How did barbed wire tame the West?

Life in the American West was reshaped by a series of patents for a simple tool that helped ranchers tame the land: barbed wire. Before the invention of barbed wire, the lack of effective fencing limited the range of farming and ranching practices, and with it, the number of people who could settle in an area.

How did the invention of barbed wire affect the West?

Barbed wire had a major impact on the many settlers and nomadic Native Americans living in the west. Now, ranchers and settlers fenced off their land with many believing they were being cut off from necessities. This started many disputes, and eventually led to a concentration of power in the hands of the land owners.
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