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  1. Goal: 1. Describe the preparation and difficulties of the Oregon Trail.

  2. Oregon trail – a 6 month, 2000 mile journey

  3. Oregon Trail 1. Why go?

  4. Oregon Trail • Why go? Discontent, opportunity to start over, disease and LAND.

  5. Oregon Trail 2. Supplies

  6. Oregon Trail • Supplies a. Wagon – light and sturdy.

  7. Oregon Trail • Supplies a. Wagon –light and sturdy. Oxen used to pull wagon because they would eat grass and the Indians didn’t want to steal them. Could be eaten in an emergency.

  8. Oregon Trail • Supplies • Food (per adult) 200 lbs of flour 75 lbs of bacon 10 lbs of rice 10 lbs of salt 5 lbs of coffee

  9. Oregon Trail • Supplies • Food (per adult) 200 lbs of flour 75 lbs of bacon 10 lbs of rice 10 lbs of salt 5 lbs of coffee 300 lbs of pilot bread

  10. Dutch Oven

  11. Oregon Trail • Supplies c. Clothing 5 shirts 2 pants 1 coat 2 wide-brimmed hats 4 pairs of boots.

  12. Oregon Trail • Supplies d. Other Guns & ammo soap, knives cooking utensils Bible, money tools

  13. Oregon Trail • Dangers Diseases - cholera & dysentery Weather Rattlesnakes Accidents Alkali water Getting lost Drowning

  14. Oregon Trail • Myths a. They rode

  15. Oregon Trail • Myths a. They rode – actually they walked.

  16. Oregon Trail • Myths a. They rode - actually they walked. b. Indian attack -

  17. Oregon Trail • Myths a. They rode - actually they walked. b. Indian attack – Indians wanted to trade w/pioneers.

  18. Oregon Trail • Myths a. They rode - actually they walked. b. Indian attack – Indians wanted to trade w/pioneers. c. Circling the wagons

  19. Oregon Trail • Myths a. They rode - actually they walked. b. Indian attack - Indians wanted to trade w/pioneers. c. Circling the wagons - was for herding animals.

  20. Goal: 1. Describe the preparation and difficulties of the Oregon Trail.