Gameplay in Brief:
The hex-based map familiar to fans of The Settlers of Catan is now in America with Settlers of America (full title: Catan Histories - Settlers of America: Trails to Rails). Players begin on the East Coast, constructing depots and railroad tracks as they move westward. As players build, they create goods that then must be delivered to depots owned by other players.
Catan fans will recognize many of the elements -- resources used to build rail, trains, etc., and an outlaw who steals resources -- but there is plenty new here to recommend Settlers of America on its own merits. This is an excellent family strategy game.