About the Show

This documentary series begins with the story of European explorers converging on the Native American world, and spans the 1500s to 1806. To the Europeans, the West was a wilderness to be conquered, somewhere filled with boundless treasure, souls to be saved and new horizons to explore. With America's purchase of the Louisiana Territory in 1804, a young country prepared for its own epic march across the terrain of the West. Part 1 of 9.