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In August 1833, Cynthia Ann Parker’s family left the Charleston area and traveled westward in covered wagons led by oxen. Their journey was slow and arduous, but worthwhile because they were hoping to create better lives in Texas. On a good day, they could cover 15 to 20 miles, but bad weather and rough terrain could reduce their progress to only one or two miles per day. Imagine this contrasted with today’s travel by interstate highway. Why would anyone choose to follow what was called America’s “Manifest Destiny”? Follow the Parkers’ travels from Illinois to Texas and learn why they made this journey.