The West is a region that includes the states of California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. In the West there are Rocky Mountains, Sierra Nevada and Cascade Mountains, where you can find Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier.
The West is the most geographically diverse. The mountains in the West have not had time to erode as much. The land to the west of the mountains is moist because of the winds from de Pacific Ocean. On the other hand, to the east the land is dry.
The tallest peak is Mount Rainier, which is located in Cascade Mountains. Mt. Rainier is considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world with a summit elevation of 14,411 feet.
POPULATION, CULTURE AND HISTORY
The biggest cities in this area are built in valleys between mountains like Salt Lake City or Denver. The West contains much of the Native American population in the country and there are many Mexican-American and Asian people, but the largest concentrations for black Americans in the West can be found in Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Denver, Colorado Springs and parts of Arizona.
The image of the cowboy, the homesteader and westward expansion took real events and transmuted them into a myth of the west which has influenced American culture since at least the 1920s.
Paula Botella Hernández.