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The Oregon Trail. Rachel Merrick. Where was the Oregon Trail?. Route from eastern to western US. Start: Independence, Missouri End: Oregon City, Oregon 2,000 Mi / 3,200 Km 1811-1840 only walk or ride horse. Used by fur traders & trappers . Map of the Oregon Trail.

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the oregon trail

The Oregon Trail

Rachel Merrick

where was the oregon trail
Where was the Oregon Trail?
  • Route from eastern to western US.
  • Start: Independence, Missouri
  • End: Oregon City, Oregon
  • 2,000 Mi / 3,200 Km
  • 1811-1840 only walk or ride horse.
  • Used by fur traders & trappers
  • Map of the Oregon Trail
what was life like on the oregon trail
What was life like on the Oregon Trail?
  • 1863: First wagon train.
  • Trip took 160 days, almost 6 months
  • Pioneers carried all possessions
    • Food, Medicine, Farm Equipment
  • Many dangers on the trail
    • Disease, Native American attacks, etc.
  • Up to 21,000 people died.
  • Wagon Train on the Oregon Trail
what are the effects of the oregon trail
What are the Effects of the Oregon Trail?
  • 1846-1869: Population of western states almost doubled because of Oregon Trail
  • Some couldn’t afford a wagon and oxen, pulled hand carts full of their belongings and/or children across America.
  • George Rowley: captain of hand cart trip, my great-great-great grandfather.
  • Powerful spirit of pioneers makes Americans proud of their history.
  • Taken from Wikipedia
conclusion
Conclusion
  • Although dangerous, the Oregon Trail had an important influence on American history.
  • Questions?
  • The Oregon Trail Video Game