From prolific homeschool writer Alicia Bayer’s Magical Childhood site, here’s a downloadable American history board game you can print and play! Your kids can go back to 1848 and experience their own journey “around the horn” from New York to San Francisco – and learn a lot about this part of our history in the process.
From the description:
“When gold was discovered at Sutter’s Mill in California in 1848, it set off the great Gold Rush. While many people went overland across the country, many others chose to go “around the horn”.
This meant boarding a ship at New York City, Boston, or another eastern port and heading south, south, south. The ships kept going until they reached Cape Horn, the tip of South America. Making their way around it, they then headed north for San Francisco. In 1849, over 700 ships made this voyage of 13,00 miles, usually in 6-8 months, stopping at ports along the way to resupply.
While it was by far the longest route and was very expensive (around $300 per person), there were many advantages. People could set off in the winter when the overland routes were blocked. They could bring along far more baggage and cargo. And they didn’t have to worry about buying their own supplies or facing any of the many hazards along the way. It is easy to see why ships were so popular…”
Click here to go to the download page!
And while you are there, here is more interesting stuff from Magical Childhood to check out…
An extensive Craft Projects page with dozens of hands-on projects for kids
Alicia’s current blog with lots of neat ideas and links for homeschoolers