Oregon Trail Geography

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Have you ever thought of what could have caused many of the deaths on the Oregon Trail? You might think diseases, accidents, and maybe intentional. You might or might not have thought of this, but even nature could be violent and kill. And there were plenty of ways on how it did. The Rocky Mountains are one of the biggest mountain ranges in the world. In the Pacific Northwest they are found in northeastern Washington, eastern Oregon, and most of Idaho. They actually extend from southern Alaska to northern Mexico, which means that they were very long. If you were going west and you went the wrong way, maybe you got off the trail, then it snowed a lot so you couldn’t find the trail, you could go the wrong way. You would end up getting lost and stranded, running out of food and eventually dying of cold and starvation. This could happen in the Rockies since they were very long. The Rocky Mountains also had a variety of animals. And it wasn’t very good to meet up with one. There were Mountain Lions and Grizzly Bears, which were a terrible danger to the pioneers. You wouldn’t want to be camping alone in the mountains. You would be found by the bears and they would kill you. They would feel threat because that is their home and they don’t like to have others barging in. Just how would you feel if someone barged in your home? It was better to stay in a group. That way they wouldn’t feel safe attacking you. Like the Rockies, the Cascade Mountains were also a big problem to the pioneers. Even though they were close to the end of the trail, they still had to cross them. The Cascade Mountains extend from southern British Columbia, through the states of Washington and Oregon and to northern California, some 600 miles l... ... middle of paper ... ...ves and their cargo. The mountains were more important and more common worry because you might have thought winter was coming late but if it came early you could have gotten trapped in the mountains. If there were no mountains then it wouldn’t be as hard as it was going west because they were what slowed down the pioneers. There wouldn’t be so much snow and they wouldn’t waste a lot of time going up and down the mountains. Works Cited 1. Bierstadt, Albert. "The Oregon Trail." American west. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 May 2010. . 2. Lombert, Dale. Cascade Mountains. 4th. 1997. pg.7. Print. " 3. River crossing." Hardships n. pag. Web. 15 Apr 2010. . 4. Steedman, Scott. A Frontier Fort on the Oregon Trail. New York: Peter Fredrick Books, pg.6, 12. Print.
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