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  • Wyoming's land and resources shape its identity. It is the least populous state, with the western two-thirds of the land covered by mountain ranges and the eastern third covered by high prairie, leading to unique patterns of immigration, migration, and urbanization. Wyoming's revenue depends on the extraction of natural resources. Ninety-one percent of Wyoming's land is rural. In the state's isolated environment, romantic myths of the frontier have thrived. Despite the barriers of terrain, Wyoming's proximity to the Canadian border and the Pacific Ocean gives the state an international reach. As a western state, Wyoming shares the regional identity of the United States’ last frontier. Traditional historians tend to think of the West in terms of a romanticized view of the wilderness, as a conquest ...

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