What Were Some of the Trails They Used?
In the early 1800s the Natchez Road, later called the Natchez Trace, was developed. There were two major Indian tribes that lived in the area of the Natchez Trace, the Choctaw and the Chickasaw. In the early 1800s many Tennessee and Kentucky farmers would take their farm goods to sell or trade to the New Orleans Market. They would arrive at Kentucky via a trail called the "Wilderness Road." When they reached Nashville they continued on the Natchez Trace. Then later the Natchez Trace became the trail the pioneers used to travel to the frontiers of Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas. The Natchez Trace went from Nashville, Tennessee to Natchez, Mississippi.
The Oregon Trail was one of the most famous trails ever. It was a series of trails that were used by the first explorers and fur traders. It was the longest overland trail in North America. In the 1840s America and England agreed that Oregon would belong to the first country to settle the most people in that area. The United States encouraged people to move to Oregon by offering land for homesteading. In 1843 the "Great Migration" to Oregon began. These pioneers who traveled to the area used the Oregon Trail. The trail started in Independence, Missouri and went past Chimney Rock, Nebraska. From there it crossed the southwest tip of Wyoming and into the southern part of Idaho. The trail ended up in the northwest corner of Oregon. It took them approximately six months to travel the 2000 miles from Independence, Missouri to their final destination in the Oregon territory.
|Who were the Pioneers?|
|Why did they travel to the frontier?|
|Where did the pioneers travel to?|
|What did they take with them?|
|How did they travel?|
|What were their wagons like?|
|What was a Wagon Train?|
|Who led the Wagon Train?|
|What were their lives like on the trail?|
|What did they do after reaching their new homes?|
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