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...mers were getting tired of cattle destroying their property, so Joseph Glidden invented barbed wire. He sold this to all farmers throughout the West, which was used to not only mark the borders of their ranches, but prevent cattle from crossing this stretch of land. This creation not only caused an end to the cowboy era, but all the barb wire would officially close off the Western Frontier forever. This would have a lasting impact upon the future of the nation, as the settlement upon the West would lead America straight into the Industrial Revolution. Along with that, the American Identity was forever changed, as the use of guns and creation of cowboy caused the United States to now be seen as self-independent, democratic, risk-takers. Heading from Westward Expansion to Industrial Revolution, is what allows America to slowly develop into the society that it is today.
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