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S: My Diary

BC: El Final.

FC: My Time Travel By: Adela Adams

1: The Oregon Trail | March 24, 1845

2: Dear Diary, My family and I have just left Independence, Missouri to seek out Oregon. We are taking the same trail that my brother Louis, and his family took. We do not know if they have arrived and we have not talked to him in a year. I miss him dearly. We need to successfully make this trip, before winter, so that we don't get caught in the weather.

3: The land in the West will give us new opportunities. New opportunities to spread our countries ideas. It's safer there, due to less people and more free land. People even say that we can trade with the Native Americans. But all in all it's God's will for my family to move to the West. I am a mother of three strong children and my husband is a healthy farmer. We can make it. We can do this. Just keep me in your prayers. Love, Adella & the Adams family

4: January 22, 1845

5: Dear Diary, The Donner Party has just arrived in Oregon as did we. 41 died in their family whereas only two died in ours. My son and daughter both passed away in the mountains. We didn't have enough food, so they starved to death. Our last child is still alive, thank heavens. The Donner party told us of their horrific experience in the mountains. It makes me so grateful that any of us came out alive. Now that we are in Oregon, we're starting fresh. I'm pregnant and we have already built our new home. I guess I can say, it was worth selling everything we had to come to this new and foreign place.

6: 1835 Texas | Dear Diary, We were just attacked by the Mexicans. We were at Alamo when the Mexicans came and attacked. They killed my younger sister, younger brother and mother. I cannot believe the Mexicans did that when this war is their fault. They wouldn't let us keep arms, they created unfair rules, we outnumber them. They want us to be their captives but we won't. We're making a stand. Love Adella Adams, 17

7: Dear Diary, Rejoice! Rejoice! Sam Houston led the defeat of Santa Anna at Santa Jacinto. Texas is now ours. This had been our dream. Now it has came true. Eventually, we'll make it a state since we now have control over it. Us Americans are so happy. During the war, we even had some support from Mexicans! Well, bye for now. Love Adella Adams | April 1836

8: July 1846 | Dear Diary, So here's another problem that we just resolved. James K. Polk had thought that the Union should own all of the Oregon Country. Our rallying cry was "Fifty-four Forty or fight". Very catchy phrase but most of us still didn't want to go to war with Britain. Did we really need all of Oregon below the line of 54 40 degrees north latitude? In June, we came to an agreement with the British. We get all of Oregon south of 49 north latitude and west pf the Rocky Mountains, except for the southern tip of Vancouver Island. The British got the navigation rights on the Columbia River. We are glad we came to this conclusion because we were fighting with Mexico and didn't need another dispute. | November 1845

9: Dear Diary, Texas became a part of this Union in February because of President Tyler. Mexico was not very happy, to say the least, and broke diplomatic relations with us. Then we started disputing Texas's southwestern border. They claimed it was at the Nueces River but we claimed it was at the Rio Grande. Polk didn't really help the dissonance because earlier this month, he sent John Slidell, as a representative, to try and buy California. Mexico's president, Jose, wouldn't even see Slidell. Hopefully we get over these disputes with Mexico, so we can live in peace. Love Adella Adams

10: Dear Diary, A little while ago, our leader, Joseph Smith, was murdered. We are The Mormons. We are special people, with special values that make us extraordinary. But some people can not fathom that. That is why a mob of people murdered our leader. Our current leader, Brigham Young, thinks that we will have religious freedom in the West. So, several thousand of us are walking or riding wagon trains. We are working together to survive. That is whats keeping us alive. Love Adella, with love and hope | November 1844

11: November 1847 | Dear Diary, We have made it to Great Salt Lake. Through the perilous weather, dying cattle, sickness and hunger, we have arrived. We are all so grateful. The area is wild with lots of trees and empty land but we can manage. It's free land with nothing but opportunities. We will call this land "Deseret" and stake our claim. Now, we have work to do. Peace, love and happiness, Adella Adams

12: May 1846 | Deary Diary, This month has been very eventful. Our tension with Mexico has worsened. We provoked the Mexicans, so that they would attack and we could retaliate. James Polk sent Gen. Zachary Taylor to Nueces River, hoping the Mexicans would attack us; they didn't disappoint. Since then, we have been fighting battles against Mexico. Since we made Texas a part of our Union, Mexico has not had diplomatic ties with us. The war started off bloody and devastating. This is sad but this war should straighten things out. Love Adella Adams

13: February 1848 | Dear Diary, The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed. Mexico gave 500,000 square miles to the Union and accepted the Rio Grande as the southern border of Texas. We paid Mexico 15 million and took over 3.25 million in their debt. I am glad that our Union and Mexico could come to an agreement. I just wish it could have come before people were killed and we had a war. God has blessed us! Love Adella Adams

14: February 1848

15: Dear Diary, In California, two farmers found gold. We are going to travel to California, by land since it's cheaper. We are going to get our piece of gold. My husband and I can't wait to arrive at the new opportunities in California. We know that we will come close to danger, along the way, but that is of no matter. Starvation, attacks will not stop us. Give us strength and hope. Love, Adella Adams

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