This is a 22 slide, highly animated, power point presentation on Western Expansion in the United States – The Population Moves West. Each of the slides are editable so you can modify the slides to the presentation as you need to.
The prairie schooner was extensively used by emigrants traveling to the western frontier. The prairie schooner could be drawn by as few as 2 horses or oxen. Powder, lead, food-stuffs, household goods, wives, sisters, mothers, and babies rode in the prairie schooners, or whatsoever wheeled conveyance the emigrant could secure.
The reign of the prairie schooner began in earnest following the close of the Mexican War. People moved west by the droves and freight business increased drastically. Routes were profitable even though there was a growing hostility of the Indian tribes, and the consequent danger of the passage.
When the Gold Rush hit in the Spring of 1849, the Oregon Trail saw a torrent of humanity crossing an uncharted wilderness. It has been roughly estimated that in that first year alone 42,000 people crossed the Plains. The 2,000 mile trip took from 4 to 6 months depending on conditions.
Often, small detachments of troops, commonly riding in an ambulance drawn by mules, accompanied the lumbering wagons as escort. The trip was tough. In the 50’s the Asiatic cholera appeared on the Plains, and was passed from wagon train to wagon train a killing 4,000 to 5,000. Others died for various reasons including Indian attacks and accidents on the way.
With the immense emigrant traffic there sprang up a vast freighting business, which now seems almost incredible. During the 60’s, 500 heavily laden wagons frequently passed Fort Kearney in a single day. In 1865, within 6 weeks, 6,000 wagons filled with freight rolled past that isolated post on the Overland Trail.
The presentation covers the following:
The Prairie Schooner
Increase of Santa Fe Trade
Increase in Freight Trade
Gold Rush & the Oregon Trail
Methods of Travel
Hard Times Quote
On Their Own
The Donner Party
Trail of Blood
Freight Traffic to the Pacific
Traffic at the Outfitting Points
The Freight Companies
Organization of a
Make up of a Freight Caravan
The Cost of Freight Caravans
End of Presentation
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