This Day in History

May 22, 1843: “Great Emigration” of the Oregon Trail

Time Periods: Early 19th Century: 1800 - 1849
Themes: Imperialism, Native American

On May 22, 1843, the “Great Emigration” began on the Oregon Trail. This is a good time to read “On the Road to Cultural Bias: A Critique of The Oregon Trail,” a vital review of the popular The Oregon Trail “educational” video game and now phone app that hides the truth about the Euro-American invasion.

Left out of most representations of the Oregon Trail are the Native peoples whose land was being invaded. Source: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.