Pioneers were the first white people to reach for the North American frontiers. They were people of all professions. Some were farmers, some doctors, lawyers, cooks and blacksmiths. One thing they all had in common was that they were looking for a new start in life. They came from European countries mostly. In Europe land was divided among rich and poor people had almost no chance of owning the land., They hear of this country in there was a lot of land and no one was on it. It did not cross their mind that the land actually belonged to the tribes of Native people they met at their journeys. They did not think that Natives are civilized enough to own land. They thought themselves better. Quite strange, since they left Europe because others did not think they deserved land! Europeans flooded to the New World because they were promised land for free!
This advertisement was published in a local newspaper "Pucki List" in Split, Croatia on September 15,1904
Once they settled down on their farms, little towns sprouted all over. They had church for religious services because the faith was very important. It was also a gathering place. Banks were open to save money or send it back to family and bring them over. Towns had general stores in which you could purchase supplies like flour or sugar. Most of the town had a sheriff who kept piece and tried to enforce laws. Saloons and hotels were quickly built as well. There were other small businesses like blacksmith or seamstresses in the town. Towns provided entertainment, contact with neighbors, and supplies for early settlers. While these towns were needed by settlers, they took lots of native land away and attracted more people to move in. Therefore, development of western town affected Native people even more.