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American Old West
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American Old West

The Western United States has played a significant role in history and fiction. The terms Old West and Wild West refer to life in western North America, beyond the settled frontier, during the 19th century, especially between ca. 1860 and ca. 1890. Many accounts of Old West life have been highly romanticized. In typical Western fiction, the Old West is a dry landscape populated by cowboys, Indianss, outlaws, goldminers, trappers and explorers.

Old West fiction was an extemely popular genre around the world for several decades of the 20th century. Movies, radio dramas, television, pulp novels and comic books all had popular Old West series.

See also: The West (U.S.), U.S. Western states

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