Trail of Tears | Facts, Map, & Significance
Overview of the Trail of Tears, the forced relocation in the 1830s of Native Americans from the southeastern U.S. to Indian Territory (Oklahoma).
Though his name isn't as widely known as that of Hickok, Billy The Kid or Doc Holliday, the greatest of all the old west gunfighters was Ben Thompson. Gunman, gambler, soldier on both sides of the border and Austin lawman, his life and death are the stuff of legend. "It is doubtful if in his time there was another man living who equalled him with a pistol in a life-and-death struggle" -Bat Masterson
The Southwest Culture Area is defined as a geographical region in what is now the American Southwest, including most of Arizona and New Mexico and small parts of California, Utah, Colorado, and Texas, plus much of northern Mexico.