The Expedition of the Donner Party and Its Tragic Fate cover

The Expedition of the Donner Party and Its Tragic Fate

Eliza P. Donner Houghton (1843-1922)

1. 00 – Preface
2. 01 – Chapter I
3. 02 – Chapter II
4. 03 – Chapter III
5. 04 – Chapter IV
6. 05 – Chapter V
7. 06 – Chapter VI
8. 07 – Chapter VII
9. 08 – Chapter VIII
10. 09 – Chapter IX
11. 10 – Chapter X
12. 11 – Chapter XI
13. 12 – Chapter XII
14. 13 – Chapter XIII
15. 14 – Chapter XIV
16. 15 – Chapter XV
17. 16 – Chapter XVI
18. 17 – Chapter XVII
19. 18 – Chapter XVIII
20. 19 – Chapter XIX
21. 20 – Chapter XX
22. 21 – Chapter XXI
23. 22 – Chapter XXII
24. 23 – Chapter XXIII
25. 24 – Chapter XXIV
26. 25 – Chapter XXV
27. 26 – Chapter XXVI
28. 27 – Chapter XXVII
29. 28 – Chapter XXVIII
30. 29 – Chapter XXIX
31. 30 – Chapter XXX
32. 31 – Chapter XXXI
33. 32 – Chapter XXXII
34. 33 – Chapter XXXIII
35. 34 – Chapter XXXIV
36. 35 – Chapter XXXV
37. 36 – Chapter XXXVI
38. 37 – Chapter XXXVII
39. 38 – Chapter XXXVIII
40. 39 – Appendix I
41. 40 – Appendix II
42. 41 – Appendix III
43. 42 – Appendix IV

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Summary

The Donner Party was a group of California-bound American settlers caught up in the “westering fever” of the 1840s. After becoming snowbound in the Sierra Nevada in the winter of 1846–1847, some of the emigrants resorted to cannibalism. Although this aspect of the tragedy has become synonymous with the Donner Party in the popular imagination, it actually was a minor part of the episode.The author was about 4 at the time. The first part of the book accounts the tragic journey and rescue attempts; the last half are reminiscences of the child orphan, passed from family to family while growing up.