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Chapter 17: The West: Exploiting an Empire focuses on:

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  1. Introduction: Lean Bear's Changing Frontier (481)
  2. Beyond the Frontier (482)
    1. Life of the Plains Indians (483)
    2. "As Long as Waters Run": Searching for an Indian Policy (485)
    3. Final Battles on the Plains (486)
    4. The End of Tribal Life (490)
  3. Settlement of the West (492)
    1. Men and Women on the Overland Trail (492)
    2. Land for the Taking (493)
    3. Territorial Government (495)
    4. The Spanish-Speaking Southwest (495)
  4. The Bonanza West (496)
    1. The Mining Bonanza (496)
    2. Gold from the Roots Up: The Cattle Bonanza (499)
    3. Sodbusters on the Plains: The Farming Bonanza (502)
    4. New Farming Methods (503)
    5. Discontent on the Farm (504)
    6. The Final Fling (506)
  5. Conclusion: The Meaning of the West (506)