19th Century Humanities


American Dream Travel Company provides a warm welcome and a full service travel agency. The journey we offer is definitely satisfying, with knowledgeable and friendly staffs who will travel along with you to the five destinations we present. We will make sure everyone of you will be content with the journey you are about to be engaged in. Given that the majority of our clients have been very pleased with the options we provide, we believe that you will experience the same adventure as well.



San Antonio, Texas

 The first destination point is The Alamo. Never heard of it? Shame! The Alamo was the Goliad Massacre that occured in February 23, 1836, perpetrated by the order of General Santa Anna. It is located in San Antonio, Texas, which is under the rule of Spain. We would like to take you back to where the massacre happened, El Alamo Fort. But before that, let's take a look at the hotel we reserved only for you. "Only"? Yeah, only for you. Let me explain why.

The Holiday inn Express Riverwalk Area Hotel is a jailhouse of Bexar Country, located on the San Antonia River. After discussing and negotiating under the terms of the government, they have allowed us to provide a one and only chance to tour in the jailhouse and even dwell in it. The scenary surrounding it is a beauty: trees rustling with the wind whispering to its leaves. Doesn't that sound amazing?

Next, let me introduce you the next site, Misión San Antonio de Valero. It is a cavalry unit where the soldiers were treated. This building was actually one of the Alamo's building that became the site of Texas's first hospital. The soldiers there even renamed the property Alamo, in homage to their home: Alamo de Parras Coahuila.

Lastly, Fort Sam Houston Quadrangle is something you should definitely not miss. It is orginally an Army supply depot, and was completed in 1876. It is known as the home of Army medicine, because it is the largest medical training facility in the U.S. military. In addition, it is an old mission where a small band of Texans held out for 13 days against the Centralist army, which is led by General Santa Anna. A notable building beside it is the clock tower, located in a large grassy area where you can possibly see deer, rabbits, chickens, peacocks, or ducks running around.

Since the hotel located near the San Antonio River, it is best to travel by a boat where our crew will make sure you arrive safely at the destination place. But make sure to bring a life vest just in case. Remember to bring a warm jacket along with you to prevent from the frizzy wind that can easily cause a cold. The cost of the whole trip would be $182.21, since this will be a five day trip with the shelter in a hotel reserved only for you, plus the additional staffs who will be traveling along with you, we believe the cost is suitable for this journey you will soon be heading to. This is a once in a life time experience in El Alamo! Don't miss it! Join us on October 29th, 1880 and be on time!

Picture 1: El Alamo Fort, only 0.6 miles away from Riverwalk Area hotel.
Picture 2: Misión San Antonio de Valero.
Picture 3: Holiday inn Express Riverwalk Area Hotel!
Picture 4: Fort Sam Houston Quadrangle.



With the rapid river and the swift wind caressing your face as you sailed down the stream, couldn't you be more tempted? Welcome to our second destination point, the Mississippi River. Tourists can experience the fast pace of traveling without having to endure with the bumpy roads on train. Afterall, train can sometimes be noisy whereas the steamboat trip we provide can, on the other hand, be as serene with ever, with the sounds of nature and birds chirpings guiding you to your happy spot in your mindset.

The first steamboat to travel the Mississippi was the New Orleans. In 1823, the first steamboat reached the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St.Paul. Do you want to be the first of your friends to travel on a steamboat? YES? Then join us! Riding on steamboats are like riding on floating palaces, the supplies furnished are very well upgraded. You can also make connections with the traders on the steamboats, who sought to carry goods to the place of merchandize. Believe me! You'll definitely learn a lot from the traders, considering their knowledge of flatboats loaded with hemp and cotton that they had to transport with all the time to make profit.

Be aware that passengers are expected to bring warm clothings for the quick winds can effortlessly frost your face. The temperature of the day we are traveling is expected to range from about four degrees to ten degrees Celsius, so please do remember to bring winter clothes or else we cannnot ensure you that it will be the best experience. However, the climate is expected to be soothing after days of travel, since we will be traveling on April 29th, 1823. The place we will be living at will be at the end of the river, which is at St.Paul's, where we can have an afternoon tea with the merchants down there with a mild weather. If you are joining us in our voyage, please bring $254.51 for the cost of the whole trip, which includes insurance since Mississippi River can be dangerous if the rivers are flowing too rapidly such that it can be risky. 

Union Stockyards

The Columbian Exposition

Chicago, Illinois

SLASH! SLASH! SLASH! Welcome to the Slaughterhouse! Pick up your aprons and get working! Union Stock Yards is one of the world's largest meatpacking center. It is the most common place to find a job as a butcher. Each and everyone of the butchers are expected to slaughter one animal every fifteen minutes, so get moving! Time shall not be wasted!

Railroads ends right in front of the Union Stock Yards' front gate ever since the eastern railroads entered the city in 1852, making it possible for you tourists to travel in trains to get to your third destination point. Now, let me explain the inner part of the building. The hog wheels in the upper floor of the slaughterhouse were positioned where the carcasses are moving down a line, meaning that each worker has to perform a single operation. The structure of it is like a factory, but instead of manufacturing products and goods, animals were slaughtered. 

Tourists can live in the Union Stock Yards Hotel, which was renamed as the Hought House in 1865. Considering our clients' health, each one of you must bring a jacket of your own in case the weather gets windy. In addition, bring extra clothes to change after demonstrating the act of slaughtering in the Union Stock Yards. We have provided this experience for our clients so they can understand how life is like being a butcher. Moreover, they can connect a butcher's life with a merchant's after visiting the Mississippi River in the East. 

After this, we have booked the exchanging building, also known as the Transit house, home of the yards' offices, so you can explore how the slaughtered animals were organized into piles in which the boxes are prepared for exports to other locations and where the demands are high. 

Fortunately, the World's Columbian Exposition is holding its 400th annicersary of Christopher Colubus's landing in America in Chicago on October 9, 1893. The day of its open is also known as Chicago Day, which is a commemoration of the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. It is estimated that more than a hundred thousand people will be attending this event. If you would like to be there to memorialize this anniversary, then bring $178.16 with you; our journey will start on October 5th, 1893. Food will be provided in the Union Stock Yards Hotel. We will definitely make sure you have a cozy and serene stay at the hotel to enjoy the rest of the journey. 

Picture 1: Union Stockyards.
Picture 2: Union Stock Yards Hotel  [Hough House]
Picture 3: Transit House, home of yards' offices.
Picture 4: The World's Columbian Exposition.


Coloma, California

Money, money, money,
always sunny,
in a rich man's world.

Have you ever tried digging up gold? Well, you should! Sutter's Mill, a saw mill owned by pioneer John Sutter, was famous of its gold discovery near its stream bed. The initial discovery of gold was on January 24, 1848. This discovery triggered the California Gold Rush in 1849.

If you are sailing out of the New York harbor heading for the Isthmus of Panama, you can try and make your way across the isthmus to the Pacific Ocean to find the passage on a ship bound for San Francisco. You can proceed up the river in canoes rowed by natives and also enjoy the scenery and howling of the monkeys and the chattering of the parrots. After you're tired, you can pitch your tents at Gorgona and stay several weeks. If you are not a strong person, we can support you with an ox team that can help carry your baggages. Ten miles from the river you're travelling on is the Sutter's fort, which are old looking heap of buildings surrounded by a high walls of brick, covered with grass and a few oaks with numerous heards of cattle and mules surrounding it. Start for this place called Hangtown. Natives there will show and direct you the way to places where gold can be found. You can then pitch up your tents, shoulder your picks and shovels with pan in hand, sailing around the ground in search of your fortunes at gold digging. Here are the tips: gold is usually found along the banks of the streams and in the beds of the same, often from 10 to 50 feet from the beds up the bank. You would have to dig several feet deep before you find any.  If there are lumps on the rock, wash it off where there is dirt, there you can find most of the fine gold.

Let these tips guide your path to gold discovery. We can assure you that this will be the most magnificent experience you'll ever have. We would suggest you to start your journey on April 29, 1849, since it will take weeks to travel to California. The total cost will be $153.10, including the safety during your path of travelling and the ox team we'll help you hire if necessary. 



Do you want to know what this sentence means? If you join our voyage to the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana, you would soon learn that this sentence means "Where are you going today?" So what is your answer to the question? My bet that it's the Flathead Indian Reservation. Let me show you why you'd want to head for the fifth destination point.
On September 4, 1805, the Salish people encountered Lewis and Clark while they were on their expedition at Ross's Hole, that was were they provided horses for them. If you could've arrive during that day, you would've met the two greatest explorers of all times, Lewis and Clark. Provided with their horses, you can travel anywhere and dive in with the tribes, living in tents, and douse yourself in their unique cultures and traditions. In the Montana Territory, even the scenery of grazing land and cattle and sheep, long valleys and high mountains will never stop to amaze you.

The best part of this journey is being able to be engage in the traditional and tribal activities held in the Flathead Indian Reservation. The Salish Longhous is the center of their tribal cultural life. The use of this building strictly reserves for the activities we have arranged. These traditions may include:
          - Wakes and funerals
          - Memorial feasts
          - Jump Dances with the tribal people
          - Bitterroot Feast
          - SPCC events (these are elders meetings, SPCC is short for Salish-Pend d'Oreille Culture Committee)
          - Tribal meetings and use by other departments (this can allow tourists to experience what's it like being a part of the tribe,

             what each member is responsible for, and what specialities there are) 

After knowing that you can become occupied and involved in such remarkable and incredible activities, what do you say? 


If you are joining us, please bring $269.25, we will be starting our journey on August 29, 1805, and travelling with horses. 

Managers of the Company: 
Francois Ly & Ingrid Liu





1)    A) Which main topic does the artifact relate to? In what ways?

                     This artifact relates to Human Movement and Migration, because traveling is all about human movement and migrating from one place to another, only temporarily. American Dream Company not only illustrates the locations that tourists can stop by, but also provide a thought and concept of what it is happening in other parts of the states, such as some states are still drenched in the sweat from civil wars, while others have already broke out from it can living in their normal lives, either manufacturing goods or cultivating crops. Therefore, this artifact relates to human movement and migration, because once the tourists liked what they visited, they might decide to migrate to that particular location and settle down. 

B) Which other main topics does it also relate to?

               This artifact can also relate to Communication and Transportation Revolution, because good communications with the tourists is a huge criteria for a travelling agency to work on. Particularly on transportation, the agency must strive to produce and find the best way for its clients to travel in, deciding on which one is the most convenient and which provides the safest transport from one place to another.

2) Why did you choose this artifact, and how much time did you spend creating and/ or processing it?

                     I chose to make a two column chart because I believe it's the best way to illustrate things like destination locations, since its outline is similar to brochures in advertisement departments. Actually, I spent a lot of time creating this artifact, which spans from doing research about the destination and searching up pictures that goes well with the topic to paraphrasing everything I have found into something that sounds persuading and convincing so people will decide to choose this agency. Overall the artifact took me about five hours to both create and process. 

3) What insights and understanding have you gained from the creation and/or processing of this artifact?

                     Through this artifact, I found out about the Alamo and its many casualties. This artifact definitely gave me a better understanding about the lives in different decades during the 19th century, considering that each event of the destinations took place in various times. An example of how people live can be the destination in Montana, the Flathead Indian Reservation. In this particular destination, I learned the way how tribes communicate through meetings and conferences, I learned how they also feast like the wealthy classes in England, and the final one, I learned about all sorts of cultural activities that the Flathead Indians do as their traditions. 

4) Does this artifact reflect your best work and/or ideas? Why, or why not?

                     This artifact does reflect my best work because it provides space for me to describe the locations in my own words and through my own thoughts. It doesn't limit me. The two columns provided me space to even put up a picture in which I think is appropriate for the artifact. After all, this artifact took me a lot of time to create; therefore I think it does reflect my best work because I had put a lot of effort in this artifact over the other artifacts.

5) Rate this artifact on a scale of -5 to 5 for the following 4 criterion:

   A) impact on the quality of your portfolio                       5

   B) Impact on your level of happiness/enjoyment             5

   C) impact on your learning                                             3

   D) Level of creativity and originality                               2

6) Any additional comments.

                      Excuse me of the type of font used in the descriptions above, the words looked very elusive too read. Enlarge the screen if you have to, to get a better grasp of the words typed, since it's in such a small font.