Why Did These American Settlers Eat Each Other Despite Belonging to the Same Party

The mistakes that doomed the Donner party

An encampment of tents and covered wagons on the Humboldt River in Nevada, 1859 — Image from Wikimedia

“Mrs. Murphy said here yesterday that she thought she would commence on Milt and eat him. I don’t think that she has done so yet. It’s distressing.” — Patrick Breen.

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