History Of The Donner Party

  

History Of The Donner Party

Long before gold was found in California, many people decided to move to the West in order to better their lives. Among them was a group of 87 people from Springfield, Illinois. This party became known as the Donner Party, as it was led by two wealthy brothers, Jacob and George Donner. However, this moniker was only given to the group later on when stories began circulating that group cannibalized its members to survive harsh winter and snowfall in the Sierra Nevada.

         The history of the Donner Party begins in the spring of 1846 when the group set out West. Initially, the group followed the usual trail and reached Wyoming without any problems. However, in Wyoming, the group met an unscrupulous trail guide, who promised to lead them through a shorter route to cut down their traveling time. However, the guide did not travel with the group, as he was leading another party. After the guide assured the group that he would leave markings along the route to lead them, the Donner Party agreed and left Wyoming. More...

 

Facts On The Donner Party

Facts On The Donner Party

The Donner Party refers to around ninety people that decided to leave Springfield in Illinois and head west in the year 1846. This group of people was led by George and Jacob Donner, and hence the name. However, the group’s arrival to California was marked with many hardships, leading to the death of more than have of the original number.

The problem with the Donner group started when the group decided to take a new route, which was said to be a shorter one to reach California. Though the group set out in Spring, their journey was hindered with rough terrain. The constant stops that lasted for 3 days also did not help. And soon, the group ended up being trapped in Sierra Nevada Mountain with heavy snow. It is claimed that the group ended up cannibalizing their death in order to survive in the winter.More...

Donner Party And Cannibalism

Donner Party And Cannibalism

The Donner Party refers to the group of 87 trailblazers that decided to leave Illinois and head west for a better life in the year 1846. However, instead of following the conventional wagon trail, this group decided to take a shortcut, which was their downfall. After the group was rescued from the wilderness of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, rumors were floating that the surviving members resorted to cannibalism in order to survive the harsh winter and until rescue reached them. Just 47 members survived the trail.

The group’s problem started at Wyoming when they listened to a trail guide named Lansford Hastings and decided to take a shorter route through the Wasatch Mountains in Utah to reach the Great Salt Lake. However, the terrain was extremely bad for the wagons and the group lost them along with cattle and horses they were traveling with. Also, the short cut involved clearing the route, so this slowed them down. The group had initially planned to reach California by the month of September. However, they were snowed in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in November.More...

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