are many routes that some slaves took. A route that most slaves
used was the Underground Railroad. Some of the others went through
the forest in order to be concealed from slave masters. Hideouts
were very essential when slaves were escaping. These hideouts consisted
of pits dug up by slaves, Abolitionist homes, lying in the street,
or for some slaves, just hiding in a tree in the forest. Slaves
that were caught were often beaten, almost to death, and then resold.
If a slave tried running away, the master would usually give orders
for the slave to be shot and killed. Losing your life was the worst
punishment that a slave could receive.
The slaves knew that a successful escape was rare; their slave owners
used bloodhounds to track the runaway slaves. The slaves believed
that finding food and shelter was a problem. The runaway slaves
hid in the woods and swamps. They would travel at night, cross the
rivers by swimming across, or maybe by boat, and then they would
go over hills. When they took their journeys they would use the
North Star for guidance. They gathered as much fruit as they could
so that they would have the strength to continue their journey.