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Closed captioned for the hearing impaired. "Ken Burns presents The West, a film by Stephen Ives"--Container Executive producer, Ken Burns; producers, Stephen Ives, Jody Abramson, Michael Kantor; writers, Geoffrey C. Ward, Dayton Duncan; photography, Buddy Squires, Allen Moore; editor, Richard Hankin; supervising editor, Paul Barnes; narrator, Peter Coyote; music, Matthias Gohl; consultant, Geoffrey C. Ward. Originally produced as a TV series by WETA-TV, Washington, D.C. VHS Historical TV documentary series.

In the early 1800's, no one knew who would control the seemingly infinite spaces of the West. Hopeful Americans moved onward toward Manifest Destiny, as they determined to make the West--all of it--their own.