Synopsis by Steve Blackburn
Many reasons lured or drove settlers to the West, among them, poverty back East, the opportunity to stake a claim to free land, and the promise of gold for the taking, right out of the ground or stream. The trip held all sorts of dangers, one of the greatest being the stark land itself; in a wagon train, on average, 100 animals died per mile and 80 humans per 100 miles. Many pioneers lost their life to thirst, hunger, and hostile Indians defending their lands against what was an invasion of their home. This installment of the True Stories of the Old West series documents the great migration West as seen through the eyes of the settlers -- tenacious, daring, and sometimes desperate men, women, and children who risked everything to create a better life for them in the frontier territories of "the West."
frontier, hardships, pioneer, plains, settler, wagon-train, west, westward-expansion