The covered wagon, also known as a prairie schooner, Although covered wagons were commonly used for transporting goods within the US, in the mid-19th century thousands of Americans took them across the Great Plains from developed parts of the Midwest to places in the West such as California, Oregon, Colorado, and Montana.
The Scots-Irish starting migrating into Virginia in 1715. They soon became the dominant culture of the Appalachians from Pennsylvania to Georgia, not only because of their numbers, but because of their independent spirits, adventurous personalities and restless nature. They became the frontiersmen and cowboys of the Big Valley and the Wild West! (From Scots-Irish in Virginia, virginia.org)
Scots-Irish settling the American Frontier. "Whole families walked hundreds of miles, some of them using cows as pack animals. These were uncommonly tough people, used to hardship. They asked for nothing from the government or anyone else, and nothing is what they usually received." (fm the book, "Born Fighting" by Jim Webb) art by David Wright
Grand Duchy of Baden was a historical state in the southwest of Germany, on the east bank of the Rhine. It existed between 1806 and 1918. It came into existence in the 12th century as the Margraviate of Baden and subsequently split into different lines, which were unified in 1771. It became the much-enlarged Grand Duchy of Baden through the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire in 1803–06 and was a sovereign country until it joined the German Empire in 1871.
Lillian Schlissel analysed the diaries to find patterns and common experiences among the nearly 100 women’s diaries she had access to, and two facts particularly struck me; the first, that the vast majority of women had no desire whatsoever to leave their homes and families and go West, but their husbands made the decision to go, and they had no choice but to follow; and the second, that one in five women on the Westward trail was either pregnant or gave birth at some point on the journey. So...