Allegheny Mountains

Subrange of the Appalachian Mountains

The Allegheny Mountains are a major mountain range stretching from New England to the Great Smokey Mountains in the United States of America.

A view of the Allegheny Mountains in Pennsylvania

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  • The migration of the eighteenth century took two directions: the advance westward towards the Ohio, with its settlement of Kentucky and Tennessee, and the occupation of the north-west forest regions, the fur-traders’ domain, beyond Lake Erie. The colonisation of New England and the eastern coastline of America had been mainly the work of powerful companies, aided by the English Crown or by feudal proprietors with chartered rights. But here in the new lands of the West any man with an axe and a rifle could carve for himself a rude frontier home. By 1790 there were thirty-five thousand settlers in the Tennessee country, and double that number in Kentucky. By 1800 there were a million Americans west of the mountain ranges of the Alleghenies. From these new lands a strong, self-reliant Western breed took its place in American life. Modem American democracy was bom and cradled in the valley of the Mississippi. The foresight of the first independent Congress of the United States had proclaimed for all time the principle that when new territories gained a certain population they should be admitted to statehood upon an equality with the existing partners of the Union. It is a proof of the quality and power of the Westerners that eleven of the eighteen Presidents of the United States between 1828 and 1901 were either bom or passed the greater part of their lives in the valley of the Mississippi.
    • Winston Churchill, A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Volume IV: The Great Democracies (1958), pp. 102-103
  • Europe stretches to the Alleghenies, America lies beyond.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson, as attributed by Robert C. Pollock, "Emerson and America's Future", in Doctrine and Experience: Essays in American Philosophy (1988), ed. Vincent G. Potter, p. 67

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