Westward Movement The needs and wants of the pioneers as learned by 3rd grade

The pioneers of the West had many hardships. Along the way they learned that needs were more vital than wants. I real need of the settlers was that of oxen. Without oxen they had very few options for travel as the oxen pulled their wagons along with everything they owned.

This is a replica of a wagon used in 1848. Notice in this photo there are horses pulling the wagon. During the time of the Oregon Trail, Oxen were used.

Oxen from the Oregon Trail, 1848.

The pioneers of the West had many hardships. Along the way they learned that needs were more vital than wants. I real need of the settlers was that of oxen. Without oxen they had very few options for travel as the oxen pulled their wagons along with everything they owned.

This documentary comes from Youtube as is an example of the hardships that the early travelers faced in daily life.

The Wants of the pioneers were much different than their needs. Although a hat might be seen as a need a piano and harmonica were viewed as entertainment.

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