From the early 1840s to the late 1860s, the Oregon Trail was the most important route in North America. Thousands of people traveled along the trail to reach lands west of the Rocky Mountains and make new homes for themselves. This book explains how the trail was developed and its significant impact on the expansion and settlement of the United States. It describes the challenges of the journey along the Oregon Trail and settlement in Oregon, and it also looks at the effect of white settlement on the Native peoples of the West.
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