Snowbound:Two Accounts of Donner Party Tragedy

Snowbound:Two Accounts of Donner Party Tragedy

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The Donner Party was a group of American pioneers who set out for California in a wagon train. Delayed by a series of mishaps, they spent the winter of 1846–47 snowbound in the Sierra Nevada. Some of the emigrants resorted to cannibalism to survive, eating those who had succumbed to starvation and sickness.The journey west usually took between four and six

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The Donner Party was a group of American pioneers who set out for California in a wagon train. Delayed by a series of mishaps, they spent the winter of 1846–47 snowbound in the Sierra Nevada. Some of the emigrants resorted to cannibalism to survive, eating those who had succumbed to starvation and sickness.The journey west usually took between four and six months, but the Donner Party was slowed by following a new route called the Hastings Cutoff, which crossed Utah's Wasatch Mountains and Great Salt Lake Desert. The rugged terrain, and difficulties later encountered while traveling along the Humboldt River in present-day Nevada, resulted in the loss of many cattle and wagons, and led to divisions within the group.By the beginning of November 1846 the emigrants had reached the Sierra Nevada, where they became trapped by an early, heavy snowfall near Truckee (now Donner) Lake, high in the mountains. Their food supplies ran low, and in mid-December some of the group set out on foot to obtain help. Rescuers from California attempted to reach the emigrants, but the first relief party did not arrive until the middle of February 1847, almost four months after the wagon train became trapped. Of the 87 members of the party, 48 survived to reach California.Historians have described the episode as one of the most spectacular tragedies in Californian history and in the record of western migration. (From Wikipedia) Collected here are two accounts of the Donner Party Tragedy. Includes: The Expedition of the Donner Party and Its Tragic Fate History of the Donner Party: A Tragedy of the Sierra

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ISBN-13:
9781610422123
Publisher:
Golgotha Press
Publication date:
10/12/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
607,846
File size:
450 KB

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Snowbound:Two Accounts of Donner Party Tragedy 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
nookie-d More than 1 year ago
Very informative and interesting account of a very heart-wrenching tragedy of pioneers trapped in the high Sierra snows enroute to California in the mid 1800's. A tale of tragedy and woe, yet of endurance and hope. Told by a survivor and a reporter.
debblee More than 1 year ago
My first review was deleted so again..... I've had a long time fascination with this subject and looked forward to reading this nook book. However, the early portion skips over pages and there are captions for the pictures and illustrations but no content for them. I was told by customer service to archive and then unarchive the nook book and the problem would correct itself. It didn't. Very disappointed in the quality. Beware.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading this book made me realize just how good we have it in modern times. I cant even imagine what it would be like to be stranded on foot in the mountains in 30 to 50 feet of snow. Or to walk for two days barefoot in that snow. The Donner party did what they had to do to survive the harshest of conditions. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
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Horseman1864 More than 1 year ago
Very well written, held my attention. Very good description of the hardship the early pioneers went through and the extreme courage it takes to survive.
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RipperTM More than 1 year ago
This does not work aim disappointed