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Donner Party – DBQ

Name: ______________ Period: ____
Directions: Please read the following primary sources and answer the analysis questions that appear after each source. Pay careful attention to the author, title, and date in these documents. Look up any difficult words in the dictionary. You will be required to use this information in an essay.
Document #1 – Westward Routes

We are necessarily driven to this conclusion, when we consider the vast extent of this infant country’s plains and valleys, of unequalled fertility and exuberance; the extraordinary variety and abundance, of its productions, its unheard of uniformity, and salubrity of climate; its unexhausted and inexhaustible resources, as well as its increasing emigration, which is annually swelling its population from hundreds to thousands, and which is destined, at no distant time to revolutionalize the whole commercial, political, and moral aspect of all that highly important and delightful country… From Lansford W. Hastings, Emigrants’ Guide to Oregon and California. Cincinnati: G Concklin, 1945. Facsimile reprint, Bedford, MA: Applewood Books, 1994, pg. 134.


What were Hastings’ objectives in publishing his Emigrants’ Guide?

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What words does he use to describe the West? ___________________________________
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