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As distinguished from the present Southwest, included the region between the Savannah River and the Mississippi, which constituted the southwestern frontier from colonial times to the early 19th century. The pioneer settlers of this wilderness area, some of whom were called “crackers,” created a distinctive folklore, which in turn gave rise to the frontier stories and sketches of T. B. Thorpe, Davy Crockett, G. W. Harris, Joseph Baldwin, J. M. Field, J. J. Hooper, Sol Smith, and A. B. Long-street, and affected the writings of Mark Twain.

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