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How would a family leaving Savannah, Ga travel to San Antonio, Tx in 1840? Their economical status was wealthy. I saw there was a trail from St. Louis through Austin, but wasn't sure if there might have been a route on water from GA to St. Louis or if their was a faster route from Savannah's port to Houston at that time.
Thank you in advance for your time and help.

Hello Mer,

Before railroad routes expanded, traveling by water was faster, cheaper, and safer than land travel. So, a well-off traveler in 1840 would have sailed from Savannah to Corpus Christi or Houston and then gone overland to San Antonio.

Hope that helps!


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