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Wild West Discussion – December 2013

10/1/2013 • Wild West Discussions

In the 1846–47 Donner Party tragedy, 36 of the 81 emigrants trapped in the snow-covered Sierra Nevada died. More than half of the survivors likely ate human flesh to stay alive. What would you do in a similar predicament—resort to cannibalism or hope that help would arrive before you starved to death?

One Response to Wild West Discussion – December 2013

  1. Tascosa says:

    Well, I wouldn’t let my children starve. The Tonkawas survived the southern plains wars and they were cannibals.
    Sheridan’s lads seemed to appreciate their assistance.

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