The pioneers relied on nature to survive in the early years of settlement.
They settled near water sources such as lakes and rivers. Water was important for their everyday life,transportation and trade.
Wood was another important natural resource. To build farmsteads and villages, pioneers cleared forests. The wood from the forests was useful in many ways. They used wood to build their homes and make furniture, tools and toys.
They also used water and wood as energy sources to run machines.
Finally the pioneers counted on sun and rain to grow their crops.