FC: Journey West
1: About Me Hi, my name is Louise Jamenson. I am 16 years old with blond hair and blue eyes. My family is journeying West by wagon in hopes of finding new land to farm.
2: April 15, 1840 | Today one of our horses shoes broke and my Dad complained it would be a hard journey for the horse making it more difficult for us
3: Dear Louise, I can't wait for your arrival. I know your journey across the Oregon Trail is going to be a difficult one as I experienced it myself. I hope the rest of your families journey goes as well as possible. Sincerely, Aunt June | I found this old letter from my Aunt June today, who is already living in Oregon, after traveling there from Tennessee
4: Today one of our wagon wheels broke because of the rough land and my father told me to remember that before the Louisiana Purchase there wasn't even a chance to journey these lands. My father said we are lucky we brought a spare since we are only in Nebraska.
5: Today I found an old piece of a canoe paddle and my father said it could have been used by Lewis & Clark while they were traveling rivers during their expedition starting in 1804 to find the most practical way across the country, which is why we are able to move west by the Oregon Trail.
6: Today we ran into some Native Americans who were forced to move to a reservation in Idaho. My father bought a necklace off them saying he felt sad for them as they were forced to leave their home and walk the Trail of Tears because the government wanted to expand and people like my family were traveling the lands they were forced to leave.
7: My father gave me a map to to show me how far we had come. This was to remind me how my family, and the pioneers before us were able to cover so much land with at some points harsh conditions and terrain.
8: This piece of wood was one I took from the stack my father had got to build us are house. My family is very joyful for all this land that we have now, which my father told be was possible because of the Treaty of 1818.
9: Hello, my name is Aponi. I am a Cherokee Indian who has been forced to relocate, and walk the Trail of Tears. Not just me and my family but other Indians were forced to walk the Trail of Tears due to Americas need to expand, under the idea of Manifest Destiny. We had already been forced to move West of the Appalachians, and now we have been forced to live on this reservation in Oklahoma. It is overcrowded and disease spreads easily. There is also nothing for us to do, are freedom is almost nonexistent.
10: Hello, my name is Josephine. Many changes have been occurred in the past few years. My family was living in Texas at the time of its annexation. My father says it is because of America wants to expand. Instead of leaving Mexico after we had lost the was my father stayed and decided for my family to become American citizens. We are now ranch hands for the man my father works for and it seems as though that my family is not being treated as well as the other ranch hands due to are ethnicity.