|The distance between
Independence, Missouri and Oregon's Willamette Valley is approximately
|Supplies for the overland journey
roughly cost between $700 and $1500, depending on the amount and type of
|The Mexican War
began. It would see 13,000 Americans die but only 1,721 killed in
battle. The majority died from disease.
|Ulysses S. Grant, then 24 years
old, got his first taste of battle in the Mexican War.
the slogan which was coined in 1845, became popular.
|James K. Polk was President of the
a province of Mexico. The population included about 6,000 Mexicans,
800 Americans, and an uncounted number of native Americans.
|Possession of Oregon was disputed
by the United States and Britain.
|The land between
the Mississippi River and Oregon and California was referred to as the
"Great American Desert."
|The Donner Party was trapped by
snow in the Sierra Mountains. The members of the group were forced
to resort to cannibalism to survive.