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The Searchers film by Ford [1956]American western film, released in 1956, that is widely considered director John Ford’s masterpiece. It features John Wayne in one of his most-notable performances, portraying perhaps the most morally ambiguous character of his career.


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The western - Definition

Western, a genre of novels and short stories, motion pictures, and television and radio shows that are set in the American West, usually in the period from the 1850s to the end of the 19th century.

More info on Encyclopedia Britannica

Manifest Destiny

Manifest Destiny, a phrase coined in 1845, is the idea that the United States is destined—by God, its advocates believed—to expand its dominion and spread democracy and capitalism across the entire North American continent. The philosophy drove 19th-century U.S. territorial expansion and was used to justify the forced removal of Native Americans and other groups from their homes. John L. O’Sullivan, the editor of a magazine was supposed to have invented the term in an essay in which he advocated annexing Texas and accused European powers to interfere in the politics of the USA.

More info on History.comor Encyclopedia Britannica

The Frontier

American frontier, in United States history, the advancing border that marked those lands that had been settled by Europeans. It is characterized by the westward movement of European settlers from their original settlements on the Atlantic coast (17th century) to the Far West (19th century).The term 'frontier' had several definitions among which 'a form of society' or 'a state of mind'. American frontier, in United States history, the advancing border that marked those lands that had been settled by Europeans. It is characterized by the westward movement of European settlers from their original settlements on the Atlantic coast (17th century) to the Far West (19th century.More info on Encyclopedia Britannicaor on Legendsofamerica.com

The Trail of Tears or Indian Removals

In 1838 and 1839, President Andrew Jackson decided to remove Native Americans from their land to leave room to settlers and sometimes to speculators who made large profits.At the beginning, tribes resisted but finally federal troops were sent and Native Americans were forced to leave their land. Most of the removals were awful: families were separated, many people died of hunger and ill-treatment.Ten of thousands of Native Americans were forced away from their home and this remains a sad memory for Indian tribes still nowadays.

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The Transcontinental Railroad

In 1862, the Pacific Railroad Act chartered two railroad companies to build a transcontinental railroad that would link the USA from east to west. There was a competition between the two companies so that although the labor was hard because of the many dangers arising in the construction, the railroad was finished in 1869.It had a big impact on the west as it became 'nearer' to the east and people rushed to participate in the Gold Rush.

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The Gold Rush

The California Gold Rush (1848–1855) was a gold rush that began on January 24, 1848, when gold was found by James W. Marshall at Sutter's Mill in Coloma, California. The news of gold brought approximately 300,000 people to California from the rest of the United States and abroad.There was a rapid influx of fortune seekers in California that began after gold was found at Sutter’s Mill in early 1848 and reached its peak in 1852. According to estimates, more than 300,000 people came to the territory during the Gold Rush. More info on Wikipedia

The Comanche

The Comanche are a Native American nation of the Great Plains but ,along history, they have moved south in successive stages attacking and displacing other tribes. They were rather war-like and aggressive . Nevertheless, they were also considered as the best buffalo hunters and had a rich culture that helped them maintain a domination over other tribes. More info on Legendsofamerica.com

Comanche camp, by William S. Soule, 1873from www.legendsofamerica.com


The American Civil War

The American Civil War lasted four years (1861–65) between the United States and 11 Southern states that seceded from the Union and formed the Confederate States of America.It is said that several reasons led to the outbreak of the war among which a disagreement between Northerners and Southerners about the issue of slavery. The Confederate States lost the war and had to abolish slavery and thus endanger their economical system mainly based on agriculture.

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Lewis and Clark expedition

In 1801, just after the Louisiana Purchase, President Jefferson decided to send two explorers called Lewis and Clark to go on an expedition to explore a huge stetch of land from east to west and north to south.The expedition lasted more than two years and both men mapped uncharted land, rivers and mountains.They wrote a journal filled with many details about unknown territory. After this expedition, the westward expansion started.

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American Progress, John Gast

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This is a beautiful landscape



I have just settled into the wilderness

nature sauvage

in the distance: au loin

In the distance, there was a huge cloud threatening.

barren land: terre aride

I refuse to live on barren land.

etendue de terre: stretch of land

This stretch of land was bought by the Council

troubled: tourmenté

He has never looked so troubled before

worried: inquiet

Every time you go out, I get worried

take up: occuper

This furniture takes up the whole room

search: rechercher

I searched everywhere but did not find him

afire: en feu

The house was afire

scenery, scene, countryside

desert, wasteland

far off, far back, further, out of reach

parched, arid, infertile

area, place, region

bothered, distraught, concerned

anxious, distressed, upset

fill, cover, occupy

look for, seek, hunt for

burning, aflame

how to describe and analyse a picture





  • Title, author, general topic, date.
  • Observe its composition, the characters, the place, lines and colours.
  • Interpret: cultural, historical, artistic context.
  • Share your opinion, use your knowledge to support your arguments.

  • It was released in...; it is entitled.....; it deals with..
  • On the right/ left-hand side; in the bottom right-hand corner; in the top left-hand corner; in the background; in the foreground.
  • As far as I am concerned; what strikes me the most; at first glance; to draw the viewer's attention.......

Identify, observe, analyse and interpret




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