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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 The Oregon Trail The 2,200-mile east-west trail served as a critical transportation route for emigrants traveling from Missouri to Oregon and other points west during the mid-1800s. Travelers were inspired by dreams of gold and rich farmlands, but they were also motivated by difficult economic times in the east and the diseases like yellow fever and malaria that were decimating the Midwest around 1837. How many miles was the trip About 2,200 miles How long did the trip take on the average? It varies because of weather and accidents but on the average, a wagon train would expect to be 4 and a half to 5 months. If you made it in 5 months, that was considered making good timing. Why did people go west? Some families kept moving west every 5-10 years. Others left to find opportunity. Oregon have free land, good farmland, large forests, and free of diseases and for the dreams of gold. Others left for religious reasons. What was recommended that the travelers take with on the trip? An early guidebook suggested they have 200 pounds of flour, 150 pounds of bacon, 10 pounds of coffee beans, 20 pounds of sugar, and 10 pounds of salt. The basic kitchenware was a cooking kettle, frying pan, coffee pot, tin plates, cups, knives, and forks. How many travelers were killed by Indians and vice versa? From the time period 1840-1860, figures show that 362 travelers were killed by Indians and 426 Indians were killed by travelers.
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