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Chapter 8, Lesson 2: Passages to the West (pp. 146-151)

I. Heading West

II. The Santa Fe Trail

    A. The Santa Fe Trail was 780 miles long and crossed the Great Plains, heading southwest to Santa Fe.

    B. Most of the travelers who used the Santa Fe Trail were traders.

III. The Oregon Trail
    A. The Oregon Trail started in Independence, Missouri and ended 2,000 miles later in Oregon.

    B. The Oregon Trail crossed the Great Plains and passed through the Rocky Mountains through the South Pass.

    C. Some people used the Oregon Trail to get to California to find gold.

    D. Pioneer families who wanted to set up farms traveled in wagon trains on the Oregon Trail.

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