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Weird West – A Creative Combination of Genres – Part 2

Plots While many westerns maintain simple plots, which are boosted by the elevated levels of violence they contain, the plots in weird west novels, however, tend to be complex with lots of action, intrigue and adventure. This combination keeps readers on the edge of their seat, as well as the customary violence from the western… Continue reading Weird West – A Creative Combination of Genres – Part 2

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Weird West – A Creative Combination of Genres – Part 1

A relatively new sub-genre, weird west combines elements of a western with those of another genre, usually horror, fantasy or sci-fi. It is even more distinct than other combination genres because authors are usually able to incorporate both sets of elements, without having to deviate from either. The western is a very distinct genre, as… Continue reading Weird West – A Creative Combination of Genres – Part 1

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The Gunfight at the OK Corral

Introduction The shootout at the OK Corral has now become an historic incident of the Wild West. This shootout is a perfect tale of robbers and cops in the Wild West. It is an incident when the Lawman Wyatt Earp, his great friend Doc Holliday and his brothers Virgil and Morgan went against a group… Continue reading The Gunfight at the OK Corral

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Lozen (Apache Warrior)

Lozen was a skilled warrior and prophet of the Chiricahua Apache (also known as the Warm Springs Apache) tribe in the 19th century. Born in 1840 and the sister of Victorio, also a prominent warrior, she became a legend herself. Background A potent warrior, Lozen was not just a stalwart on the battlefield, her expertise… Continue reading Lozen (Apache Warrior)

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Texas Revolution

The War of Texas Independence, more commonly known as the Texas Revolution, was a six-month war that lasted from the October of 1835 to April of 1836. The war was waged between Texan colonists and the Mexicans, which led to Texas’s Independence from the state of Mexico. This war was the prerequisite to the founding… Continue reading Texas Revolution

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Battle of Horseshoe Bend

Tallapoosa County, Alabama, which was formerly known as Horseshoe Bend, witnessed a violent and bloody war on the morning of March 27, 1814. The Battle of Horseshoe Bend became known as the deciding battle of the Creek War between the American Indians and the European Americans. The grueling years of misery, treaties and battles for… Continue reading Battle of Horseshoe Bend

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The Mississippi River

One of the world’s most important commercial waterways, the Mississippi River is the second longest river in North America. It passes through, or borders, the states of Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. The word ‘Mississippi’ originates from the French misi-ziibi, meaning Great River. The river’s source can be found at… Continue reading The Mississippi River

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Hopalong Cassidy – Hero of the Wild West

Some characters are both created and forgotten within a relatively short period of time, and others become immortal over time in the minds of readers. One of these that we became aware of in the early 20th century was Hopalong Cassidy. Called ‘Hoppy’ for short, he is a fictional cowboy introduced to the world by… Continue reading Hopalong Cassidy – Hero of the Wild West

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Native American Legends – The Ark on Superstition Mountain

Native American culture is rich with stories and legends, which vary throughout the tribes. Many of the legends are spiritual in origin, and have been passed down through generations by word of mouth. Tribe elders became the main storytellers, and did their best to ensure that tales of physical and spiritual origin was passed on… Continue reading Native American Legends – The Ark on Superstition Mountain

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Apache Indians – A Fierce Native American Tribe

The Apache Indians are a Native American tribe located in the Southwestern United States, including areas of Eastern Arizona, Northern Mexico, New Mexico, Southern Colorado and West Texas collectively known as Apacheria. The tribe is believed to have been around since the early 1500s and, during its prime, consisted of eleven major groups.Today, there are… Continue reading Apache Indians – A Fierce Native American Tribe