Austin, Moses (1761–1821), a United States businessman and colonizer. He was born in Durham, Connecticut. Austin operated lead mines in Virginia and Missouri, but lost his money in a bank failure. In 1821 he was given a grant to settle 300 families in Texas. His son, Stephen F. Austin, carried out the plan after his father's death.
The railroad expansion of the 1800s changed America forever. By 1900, the people North America had settled a continent that previous generations had thought would take a thousand years to occupy.
A number of women made names for themselves during the Wild West. Read our list of 12 of the most famous heroines from this time period, including Annie Oakley, Belle Starr, and Calamity Jane.