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The Great Migration West Amidst an overwhelming chorus of naysayers who doubted their success, the so-called “Great Migration” made it safely to Oregon.

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1 The Great Migration West Amidst an overwhelming chorus of naysayers who doubted their success, the so-called “Great Migration” made it safely to Oregon.

2 Distance Traveled People traveled about miles in one day. They traveled 2,000 miles in total. The people traveled 6 months in total from their starting point to their destination. Oxen traveled 2 miles an hour.

3 Deaths Pioneers lied saying that they knew how to drive. They lost control and death occurred. Infection caused deaths. When people were on the wagon and they fell under the wheels.

4 Morning Routine First, they start the fire. Secondly, the women make breakfast. Then they pack up all supplies. »Lastly, they head on for the trail. First, they start the fire. Secondly, the women make breakfast. Then they pack up all supplies. »Lastly, they head on for the trail.

5 Meal Preparation If lucky, they would have quail or buffalo. They usually ate bacon. Pioneers cooked their meals over an open fire. If lucky, they would have quail or buffalo. They usually ate bacon. Pioneers cooked their meals over an open fire.

6 Evening Routine Build another fire to keep them warm. Prepare the evening meal. Eat our dinner. Write in our journal. Sleep and be ready to travel in the morning.

7 Day-to-Day Summer temperatures, miles of shadeless trail and choking dust compounded to make life decidedly unenjoyable. Though confrontations with Indians were rare, the fear of attack was a constant worry.

8 Day-to-Day The challenge of crossing many rivers and the Continental Divide created other severe tests for pioneers. “I began this day with three fine, strong sons. Now I have only one. ” Typical journal entry John Day River, September 22, 1847

9 Animals Horses were rejected to go on the trail. Oxen were the most common. Mules were the second common. Horses could not live off prairie grass.

10 River Crossings The indians helped the pioneers cross rivers. Source of distress for pioneers. 37people drowned in1850 alone trying to cross the Green River.

11 Fate Card # 2/ Log You have been traveling for a while and have been on the Great Plains. Today you will pick a fate card that coincides with Prairie crossing. When writing your journals, include information about The Great Plains from the worksheet you completed. April 23, 1848


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