The purpose of traveling west was to find new homes And for shopkeepers to build new shops and for blacksmiths to find new shops and for families to make new homes.
The interaction between natives and settlers was the settlers would often trade with the indians for fur and sometimes food if the settlers were low on food. The government would make the indians move so that the settlers could set up camp there.
Cons were 1 out of 20 of a group would die. Mud was a con because often if a driver drove that wagon into mud the driver would have to pull on the wheel for hour upon hour. A con was dust often if the ground got to dry there would be a lot of dust that wold get in the drivers eyes and the driver would not be able to drive.
Pros There was something new to see every day on the trip. Someone in the wagon that knew how to play harmonica or a fiddle. When fourth of July came around you wouldn't have an American flag so you would have to sew blue shirts , red shirts, and white shirts together to the American flag.
Daily life was different because the kids didn't have school the elders in the wagon train would have to teach the kids or they would have take the kids out to the wild and let them look at animals and teach them what they were.
People knew where to go because some wagon trains would hire trail guides and those trail guides were people that have traveled that land before and know their way through the trail and are able to go through the rocky mountains.
A interesting fact that i learned was that dust as a risk you had to take.