Star Wars and America's Westward Expansion


The story of Westward expansion in the United States is reflective of the European discovery and conquest of the New World. Both are tales of hope and promise, but also great tragedy and destruction. By the late 1800’s, America was ready to break out into the unknown territories beyond the Appalachian Mountains. Because of earlier exploratory missions like that of Lewis and Clark, it was known that tremendous amounts of wealth and resources awaited those who could find and claim them. All it would take was the right time and proper incentives. Similarly, parallels can be drawn to the frontiers of Tatooine, the home world of Anakin and Luke Skywalker. Learn More