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During the 1800s, thousands of settlers traveled west in search of new land and opportunities. Many families traveled in wagons. They followed overland trails across the continent. These trails were often dangerous and difficult to travel on. This map shows four of the major trails that people followed during this time. Each trail led settlers to a different part of the West. The Oregon Trail led people to rich land in Oregon. People traveled to California on the California Trail and the Old Spanish Trail after gold was discovered there. The Santa Fe Trail connected Missouri to New Mexico. Mexicans and Americans used this trail to trade goods.
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