Huckleberry Finn took the first journey back. He was the first to look back at the republic from the perspective of the west. His eyes were the first eyes that ever looked at us objectively that were not eyes from overseas. There were mountains at the frontier but he wanted more than mountains to look at with his restless eyes - he wanted to find out about men and how they lived together. And because he turned back we have him forever.Which is why Huck Finn is one of the most important American novels.