The third in a series of five units about the settlement of California by various cultural groups, Settlers From the East documents the arrival of American pioneers who crossed the Plains, the Rockies, and the Sierra Nevadas, or sailed around Cape Horn in order to find their fortunes in the gold fields or fertile valleys of California. Follow a family of African-Americans as they travel by wagon train westward through many perils and mishaps. Makes history come alive for students through authentic reading experiences. With many opportunities for cross-cultural activities. Created by Jon Dowty, a National Board Certified teacher with 12 years experience.