donner party

donner party

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  • Taking a Different Path
  • The Desert
  • The Fight 
  • The emigrants listened to Hastings advice and took the different path. That was supposed to be a shortcut but ended up being 100 miles longer.
  • Livestock Problems
  • They were told to cross the great salt lake and that it was 35 to 40 miles wide but it ended up being 80 miles wide. And most of their livestock ran away
  • Snowed In
  • Snyder's oxen got tangled up with Reeds which started a fight and it ended up Reed killing Snyder.
  • People are food
  • The group was going through Paiute country and the Indians noticed their vulnerability and  killed all of their livestock.
  • In the last days of October a giant snow storm came and dropped 5 feet of snow. They were trapped there for several days.
  • As the days went on their food slowly waned and desperate times call for desperate measures. So they resorted to cannibalism.
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