Pioneers that Travelled across the Great Plains

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The Donner Party was one of those parties; however, the story connected to the name is much more infamous than others. It is a story of suffering, betrayal, survival, and acts of necessity. Perhaps the most interesting fact about these acts is that they were performed by everyday farmers, traders, and businessmen. The reasons for these acts were, more than likely, out of the will to survive, but there may a greater story behind such acts of “monstrosity.”
People first started to travel (pioneer) to the “west” since the early 1800s. The reason to move varied from family to family, many sought a new beginning from the economic depression in the late 1830s. Some wanted to escape political strife and religious persecution. Some moved to join family members and seek adventure and new opportunities. The majority of emigrants had as their main reason either land or gold. The most famously travelled trail is the Oregon Trail. This trail is the nation’s longest graveyard, killing nearly one tenth of all travelers (Utah State History, 2014). Many wagon and hand cart groups took the rough 2,000 mile trail to go west; one of these groups was the James Reed Party. It is more famously known as the Donner Party. A Common Goal
In April of 1846, a group of eight families in Illinois gathered together to find for a better life in the west. A businessman by the name of James Reed sent out…

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