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[The following plot summary is based on the English-language version of this film, The Big Trail ; character names refer to that version.] A wagon train of eastern pioneers leaves from Westport, Mississippi, to travel the Oregon Trail and to extend the boundaries of the American Republic to the Pacific Northwest. Their leader is scout Breck Coleman, who has pledged to avenge the death of a trapper friend. En route, the travelers experience a buffalo hunt, the treacherous fording of a river, a snowstorm, an Indian attack on the wagons, and the lowering of wagons, cattle, women, and children over a mountainside to pick up the trail to the West. Breck is enamored of Ruth Cameron, though he almost loses her to Bill Thorpe, and gradually establishes that Red Flack is the murderer of his friend. Thorpe, under Red's influence, tries to kill Breck but is himself shot. After reaching the Oregon country, Breck sets out in a snowstorm to avenge his pal's death and ultimately brings the villain to his end.
La gran jornada is the Spanish-language version of Fox's 1930 film, The Big Trail. La gran jornada was released in Spain under the title Horizontes nuevos. Fox made four foreign-language versions of The Big Trail, which was directed by Raoul Walsh and starred John Wayne and Marguerite Churchill. In addition to this version in Spanish, German and Italian versions were also produced(see Die Grosse Fährte and Il grande sentiero). A French version was also made, but was not exhibited in the U.S. That version was titled La piste de géants, was directed by Pierre Couderc and starred Gaston Glass, Jeanne Helbling, Margot Rousseroy and Raoul Paoli.