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Facts “Focus for Media Interaction” Introduction 1

JOURNAL A book used to record events.

A person who leaves one part of the country to live in another part.

   State where many pioneers began their trip west.
  Final destination of many emigrants.
  Number of miles of the Oregon Trail.


2. Gold

3. Religious freedom

Three reasons pioneers went West
Supplies and Cost



Two supplies pioneers packed for the Oregon Trail journey
  Time of the year emigrants traveled the Oregon Trail.
5 or 6 months Number of months it took to travel the Oregon Trail.
  Native American tribe who relied on buffalo for subsistence.
Oxen Animal used to pull the wagon.



Two hardships faced by pioneers.
  An infectious disease caused by unsanitary water.


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