December 26 1846 – The Donner Party is Forced to Face Cannibalism in the Sierra Nevada Mountains

December 26 1846 – The Donner Party is Forced to Face Cannibalism in the Sierra Nevada Mountains5 (100%) 1 vote *Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons The romance involved with the concept of Manifest Destiny — the idea the United States should stretch from sea to shining sea — took hold of many during the 19th century. Of all the difficult journeys past the Mississippi River, that of the Donner Party became one of the most famous because of the horrifying result. Trapped in the snowy mountains of the Sierra Nevada near modern Tahoe, California, members of the group engaged in cannibalism to survive beginning on December 26, 1846. Driven to attack […]