In 1893, the 400th anniversary of Columbus's arrival in the New World was celebrated in Chicago. It was called The World's Columbian Exposition, and it was so large, so ambitious, so self-congratulatory, that it took an extra year just to get everything ready. Twenty-four million people paid their way into the fair, more than had ever attended any other event in the history of the world. All the western states struggled to outshine one another -- including the brand-new states of North and South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Washington. The California pavilion was shaped like a Spanish mission. On display inside were a goddess made entirely of figs and a conquistador built of prunes. For its exhibit hall, Montana reconstructed a mountain man's cabin. Kansas showed off a gigantic mural made of grain, and an entire herd of buffalo -- stuffed. In a speech given at the fair, a young, unknown historian named Frederick Jackson Turner declared for the first time that the frontier had ...
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