But did you know that there are American cannibals? Cannibals are in books. Cannibals are in folklore.
Was There Cannibalism in the Donner Party? While the story is partly that of an amazing journey, it is remembered for a gruesome detail, one that disgusts at the same time that it fascinates. It is said that through one of the most extreme tales of survival in American history, the Donner Party had to resort to extreme measures to survive, though many did not survive.
It is said that they ate their dead. The Donner Party was a group of 87 emigrants who set forth in a wagon train for California. The core group left Independence, Missouri in May of They picked up many more along the way.
The group is named for its leader — George Donner. Map of the encampments of the Donner Party Before the month of their departure was even out, the Donner Party lost its first pioneer. An older woman died of natural causes and was buried along the way.
Another four would die before the grisliest part of the Donner Party tale. The going was not easy for this wagon train.
Even without later events, one could say that this group did not have luck on their side. Traveling through the wilderness with livestock, people and goods was not exactly a walk in the park in the mid-nineteenth century.
However, it was done with great success and the westward push went down in history. The Donner Party had it even harder due to a mistake. Hastings Cutoff was the name of the shortcut. Hastings himself had never taken a wagon through the area and probably should not have suggested that such groups go that route.
Doing so was ill advised. They went off the main route in southwestern Wyoming. They then went through Utah and part of Nevada on the cutoff.
It took them through the desert and added at least one month to their trip thanks to wagons sinking in the sand, water shortages, etc. By the time the Donner Party had made it through the cutoff, they had lost numerous cattle to Native American theft and killing.
They had used up a great deal of their supplies.
The men were also tired from hacking their way through the rough terrain of the cutoff. Everyone was on edge. There was fighting, alleged theft, accusations and one elderly man was even left by the side of the trail to die.
This was the situation before the worst of their troubles began. Because of their perils, the Donner Party was in the Sierra Nevada Mountains when they should have already been in California.
They knew that snow would come, but believed they had roughly three weeks until the pass was impossible to navigate. Because they had split up along the journey for numerous reasons, 60 pioneers set up at Truckee Lake Donner Lake in three cabins that were already located there, while the Donners set up at Alder Creek in tents.In the weeks and months that followed, it is said the Donner Party endured harsh winters, starvation, dehydration, and is said to have lead to cannibalism.
An article was published on April 10th, , in the California Star by T.J. Schoonover entitled, The Life and Days of General John A. Stutter. I grew up in california, so the most notorious case for me is the donner party. my class went to donner lake where they were stuck, you can still see the trees in the area were cut off at the snow level.
Cannibalism is the act of one individual of a species consuming all or part of another individual of the same species as food. To consume the same species, or show cannibalistic behavior, is a common ecological interaction in the animal kingdom, and has been recorded for more than 1, species.
The men and women began dying daily. After two weeks at sea -- and 27 of the 33 passengers already dead of dehydration and starvation -- the five survivors finally made a decision to cut some pieces of meat from the leg and chest of the last man to die.
They took the small bits and swallowed them like pills. James F.
and Margaret (Keyes) Reed, members of the Donner Party. Donner Party A group of American pioneers led by George Donner and James F.
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