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Leonard DiCaprio is an executive producer for the History channel documentary series.

The transition of our nation’s people from colonists to revolutionaries to Americans is traced in The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen, an ambitious four-part documentary series set to premiere March 7 on the History cable channel. Leonardo Di Caprio is on board as an executive producer, along with his Appian Way Productions partner Jennifer Davisson, in partnership with Stephen David of Stephen David Entertainment.

Frontiersmen surveys the first 75 years of the United States, spanning the formative period from the American Revolution to the California Gold Rush — a time when trailblazers such as Daniel Boone, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, John Frémont, Davy Crockett, and Andrew Jackson set forth across uncharted land with determination and self-reliance. Featuring dramatized portrayals of frontier icons interlaced with exclusive interviews with experts and survivalists, the series consists of four two-hour episodes scheduled to air on consecutive Wednesday evenings.

Episode One (9 p.m. ET March 7) focuses on the early days of The American Revolution, as Daniel Boone and other frontiersmen are forced to fight for their lives and their way of life as the war spreads beyond the colonies. Episode Two (9 p.m. ET March 14) follows Shawnee warrior Tecumseh as he unites the Native American tribes to resist expansion, while Lewis and Clark make their legendary journey to the Pacific.

America turns to Gen. Andrew Jackson to defend the frontier — even though his methods give rise to a fierce rivalry with the legendary Davy Crockett — in Episode Three (9 p.m. ET March 21). The series concludes by depicting Crockett’s last stand at The Alamo, and the California expeditions of Kit Carson and John Frémont, in Episode Four (9 p.m. ET March 28).