Westward Expansion Pioneers
McMullen's 2nd Period Class Go West Book Project
By Kaley Settle
The American Progress by John GAst
THE FOCUS QUESTION : What does it mean to be an American as a pioneer during Westward Expansion?
What it means to be American, HOw pioneers were American
The pioneers had strength because they had to fix wagon trains, carry supplies, and other work. PioneersWest.com quotes "To enjoy such a trip ... a man must be able to endure heat like a Salamander, mud and water like a muskrat, dust like a toad, and labor like a soldier. He must learn to eat with his unwashed fingers, drink out of the same vessel as his mules, sleep on the ground when it rains, and share his blanket with vermin, and have patience with mosquitoes ... he must cease to think, except of where he may find grass and water and a good camping place. It is hardship without glory."
What is the westward expansion?
Maps And Routes
This shows all the routes people who were apart of the expansion.
This is a basic map of how the USA looked during the Westward Expansion.
This is a basic route of Westward Expansion.
Wagon Trains had many different shapes, sizes and colors. Wagon Trains did not have brakes and that was a problem going downhill. The wheels were made out of wood. Wagon Trains had water-proof tops. Wagon Trains were usually cost one-thousand dollars! Pioneers had to carry many things on the long hard journey west. The wagon trains had to carry food, shovels and blankets. The wagon trains crossed through the Rocky Mountains and the Columbia River. Wagon trains carried a few family members while the rest of the family members walked on the journey west.
Hardships and Obstacles
Quotes from readings about pioneers
"Our cattle recrossed in the night and went back to their winter quarters. This caused delay in recovering them and a weary, forced march to rejoin the train. This was divided into companies, and we were in that commanded by WIlliam Shaw. Soon after starting, Indians raided out camp one night and drove off a number of cattle. They were pursued, but never recovered." - Chapter 1, On The Plains in 1844.
Hemken, Christy. “Pioneer women: examples of fortitude on the West’s early trails” <http://www.wylr.net/the-roundup/archives/174-wyoming-people/history/1587-pioneer-women-examples-of-fortitude-on-the-wests-early-trails>
Pioneerswest.com. “Hardships.” <http://www.pioneerswest.com/hardships.html>
History.com Staff. “A thousand pioneers head West on the Oregon Trail.” 2009, A+E Networks <http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/a-thousand-pioneers-head-west-on-the-oregon-trail>