Westward Expansion If you traveled west in a covered wagon

This is what a covered wagon looks like. The white cover on the top of the wagon is called a canvas. The canvas is rubbed in oil to make it waterproof. The canvas could also be rolled up on hot days. Moreover, there were drawstrings on the front and the back of the wagon to keep the wind and the rain out. In addition, the bottom of the wagon is the same to a regular wagon's, except for the wheels. The front wheels were always smaller than the back wheels. This is because, it was easier to make turns with the wheels like this.
The picture on the bottom left is a picture of Native American symbols, and what they mean.
Native Americans were around in the time of the Oregon Trail. They helped the Americans find their way to the West. Even though the Native Americans were helpful to the Americans, the Americans took the Native American's land away from them. The Native Americans were very mad that they helped the Americans, and they were kicking then off of their land.
The Native Americans lived in tents called teepees. They are rubbed in oil to make them waterproof. Teepees are warm in the winter, and cool in the summer. The teepees fold easily, and the Native Americans could carry them easily. These teepees made it easy to move every time the Americans kicked them off of their land.
This is what a teepee looks like.
It was very hard for the Native Americans to have to move all of the time. Some chiefs right to negotiate with the Americans, so they can share the land. Moreover, the Native Americans thought that the land was everybody's to hunt on, and live on. The Americans did not like this, and so they kept on taking the land from the Native Americans, and the Native Americans kept on moving.
This is a painting of some Native Americans moving
Wagons heading west.
The purpose of going to the west was the Gold Rush. The Gold Rush started in Oregon. People went to Oregon, hoping to get rich. Moreover, American citizens started looking looking for gold in rivers and lakes. Very few of the people who looked for gold, never found any.
The Oregon Trail territory is mostly prairie. There were forts along the trail where Native Americans traded fur and other goods. The Americans had to cross bodies of water to get to Oregon. They went into the water and hoped that nothing would go wrong. Sadly, some American families did not make it all the way.
Crossing the river.
The people on the trail knew were to go by the forts. There were Americans at the forts that gave the people on the trail directions of where to go next. There also were people called trail guides. Trail guides were people who went that way before, and knew the way. The trail guides usually were in front of the wagon train.
This is a drawing of a wagon trail guide.
Daily life was different on the trail because, some children did not have school to go to, and the mothers did not have a kitchen to cook in. The men had no jobs to go to, and some families had to say goodbye to their friends and families. Most people had to start their lives all over again when they got to Oregon.
An interesting fact is that the cover of a covered wagon is called a canvas.

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