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The Donner Party Cannibals
Did they really eat each other?
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Delayed by a series of mishaps and bad planning, they were snowbound in the Sierra Nevada mountain range from November 1846 to February 1847.
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The journey west usually took between four and six months, but the Donner Party had been slowed by following a new route called the Hastings Cutoff across Utah's Wasatch Mountains and the Great Salt Lake Desert.
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In mid-December some of the group set out on foot and were able to obtain help. Of the 87 members of the party, 48 survived to reach California. Historians have described the episode as one of the most spectacular tragedies in California history. More