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Publisher: The Learning Company
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Ages: 10 to adult
Experience the adventure of The Oregon Trail and stake your claim in the Old West. Survival hinges on the many crucial decision you'll make. With a different outcome each time you play, there's no end to the fun to be had. But time's a wasting. Hit the trail.
As the leader of a wagon party, you'll choose your team and supplies, read maps, plan your route, and guide your team through the unknown wilderness. Tough choices lie ahead, but with the help of your wagon party and people you meet along the way, you'll complete this challenging journey and arrive in a new land!
Organize Your Wagon Party
Manage Your Supplies
Blaze Your Trail
Learn History Firsthand
Live the Adventure
Windows 95/98/Me/XP, Pentium 166 MHz, 50MB hard drive space, 32MB RAM, 8x CD-ROM drive, 3D graphics accelerator card recommended.
Macintosh: PowerPC 8500/150 or faster, System 7.5 or higher, 50 MB Hard Drive, 32 MB RAM, Thousands of colors, 800x600 display, 8x CD-ROM drive, 16 bit audio, mouse, 3D Graphics accelerator card.
The Real Oregon Trail
The year is 1848...
Perhaps you are a farmer from New England, or a teacher from Alabama, or a freed slave from Virginia. No matter what your background, you are consumed with the prospect of an incredible opportunity: the chance to move West and start a new life.
You've heard stories about people who have already traveled the Oregon Trail. Young and old, rich and poor, individuals and families - people from all walks of life - have been embarking upon this great journey. The reason? Free, fertile farmland for anyone brave enough to make the trip. And now you want to make the journey yourself!
It had all started about 50 years before. Over the first half of the nineteenth century, the United States acquired most of the land west of the Mississippi River from France, Great Britain, and other countries. At first, only a few hardy fur trappers and "mountain men" went West. But then, in 1836, a small group of missionaries traveled all the way to present-day Oregon, proving that the trip could be made by entire families. In 1842, a man named John Frémont made a map of the Oregon Trail, and emigrants began traveling the route in large numbers. Over the next six years, about 15,000 people headed West. In 1849, gold was discovered in California and 30,000 fortune hunters took to the trail. By the early 1860s, when the migration died down, more than 300,000 people had moved West on the Oregon Trail.
Even in the later years, when forts and general stores had been established, the trip was exhausting and dangerous. The rough trail made riding in a wagon so bumpy that most people walked the entire 2,000 miles. There were raging rivers to cross and buffalo stampedes to avoid. The weather could be unbearably hot or brutally cold. Life-threatening diseases like cholera or influenza could strike at any time.
The keys to overcoming the challenges of the trail were good planning and decision-making: Who should you travel with? What supplies should you bring along? Which way should you go when you reach a fork in the trail?
The world will probably never again see such a massive, voluntary migration. But for more than 25 years now, kids of all ages have used a marvelous computer program called The Oregon Trail to experience the adventures and dangers of this exciting period of American history. We hope you'll agree that this new edition is the best Oregon Trail ever. Happy trails to you!
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