The Long Road of Exploration

by Estifanos (age 7), of California, U.S.A.

I just finished a history book, “Westward Expansion and Migration.”  The book talked about Lewis and Clark, pioneer wagon trains, and the gold rush. I want to talk to you about the way people interacted with nature, and other people as they traveled west.

Lewis and Clark were two young men who were once both military soldiers. They were skilled at: hunting, fishing, map making, zoology, botany, and language. Their job was to learn about the land west of the Mississippi River. The two men learned about the plants, animals, and traditions of the natives and their environment. They even made friends with a native girl from the Shoshone tribe. She joined them and acted as a translator. Her name was Sacajawea.

The pioneer wagon trains were long “trains” of wagons crossing the prairies of Colorado and Kansas. People lived on roots and berries. But there were hardships too. Stampeding buffalo herds, disease, fierce Native Americans, and blizzards met the settlers on the trail. The pioneers were vicious toward nature and natives: killing bison, cutting down trees, and killing natives. Horrid people!

The men who went west with the gold rush got gold fever. Gold, gold, GOLD!!! Gold fever spread like wildfire! They were mean by stealing cattle, robbing stagecoaches, and murdering. Mean!

I think that the best people were Lewis and Clark because they treated natives and the land carefully.

One Reply to “The Long Road of Exploration”

  1. I read somewhere that when Lewis and Clark got to the Pacific coast natives there treated them well and prepared feasts of wonderful salmon. But many of the men in the expedition didn’t like the “strange red fish” and wanted to eat only “real meat.” How silly they were. People can be so silly sometimes when they come upon customs and things which they haven’t seen before.

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