Presentation on theme: " Men like Kit Carson and Jim Bridger led the way in the Westward wilderness They spent their lives trapping beaver and selling their fur Mountain."— Presentation transcript:
Men like Kit Carson and Jim Bridger led the way in the Westward wilderness They spent their lives trapping beaver and selling their fur Mountain Men!
Many trails were moving East to West across the frontier and plains Several trails led to new places: Oregon Trail, California Trail, and the Santa Fe Trail Groups of people went in Wagon Trains, or large groups of wagons following one another, and made their way to frontier towns Life in the 1840s Frontier
Overlanders were trail experts *They used guidebooks and maps, and led the way with their experiences Overlanders
In 1846, 87 Overlanders (led by 2 brothers, the Donners) were trapped by winter snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains 41 die of starvation, the rest resort to cannibalism The Donner Party
Trips out West typically took between 5 and 6 months Travelled about 15 miles a day Men typically drove the wagons, hunted for food, fed and cared for the animals Women typically looked after the kids, cooked, cleaned and did the laundry Trips Westward