What were some jobs in the westward movement?

-MacKenzie Cast




Dear MacKenzie,

Assuming you’re referring to the original wagon trains heading west to settle, some of the occupations involved would have included wagon manufacturing and maintenance in the towns along the way, care and feeding of horses and livestock, hired guides and professional hunters (unless the settlers knew how). Stores provisioning the westbound wagon trains proliferated with each town that was established and grew along the way. These added up to a support system for the pioneers up to whatever point they ventured into terra incognita…until that new area, too, became settled.



Jon Guttman

Research Director

World History


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