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The Deadliest Wagon Train On The Oregon Trail

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The Oregon Trail was one of the primary routes for American settlers heading from the Eastern States out to the Wild West. There was one major problem, though: the West wasn't actually wild, as it was already settled - by the Native people who had lived there for thousands of years. And though most wagon trains actually made the journey peacefully, once they began stopping to colonize the area rather than just pass through, resistance began - and with it came violence.

Between 1840 and 1860, 362 settlers and 426 indigenous people died in clashes along the Oregon Trail. But no incident claimed more lives than the Utter-Van Ornum Massacre - the deadliest wagon train on the Oregon Trail.

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