The Perilous Journey of the Donner Party - Study Guide Chapter 4 Summary & Analysis

Marian Calabro
This Study Guide consists of approximately 22 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Perilous Journey of the Donner Party.
This section contains 478 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The Perilous Journey of the Donner Party Study Guide

The Donner Party next had to cross the Great Salt Lake Desert. Hastings, leading another team, was days ahead of them. Hastings left a note at the beginning of the desert for them, indicating that it was only two days' travel across the desert. That was another fraudulent claim on the part of Hastings.

Water weighs so much that the train could only carry enough for two days. The crossing of the desert was instantly brutal. The alkaline dust in the air was a slow poison for the livestock and made human skin burn. Crossing a small mountain only resulted in more endless desert, followed by the "sink", where soft earth gave way to a layer of muck the wagons struggled through.

During this time, the Reed wagon team lagged behind the Donner and the other family's wagons. Reed went ahead of everyone on horseback...

(read more from the Chapter 4 Summary)

This section contains 478 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The Perilous Journey of the Donner Party Study Guide
Copyrights
BookRags
The Perilous Journey of the Donner Party from BookRags. (c)2014 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.