Lawrence River, building communities that remained stable for long stretches; they did not simply jump west the way the British did.Although French fur traders ranged widely through the Great Lakes and mid-west region they seldom settled down.English, French, Spanish and Dutch patterns of expansion and settlement were quite different.Only a few thousand French migrated to Canada; these habitants settled in villages along the St.
Areas in the north that were in the frontier stage by 1700 generally had poor transportation facilities, so the opportunity for commercial agriculture was low.
Turner favored the Census Bureau definition of the "frontier line" as a settlement density of two people per square mile.
In the colonial era, before 1776, the west was of high priority for settlers and politicians.
In David Murdoch's view, America is exceptional in choosing its iconic self-image: "No other nation has taken a time and place from its past and produced a construct of the imagination equal to America's creation of the West." The frontier line was the outer line of European-American settlement.
It moved steadily westward from the 1630s to the 1880s (with occasional movements north into Maine and Vermont, south into Florida, and east from California into Nevada).Few artisans settled on the frontier except for those who practiced a trade to supplement their primary occupation of farming.