10 Facts About Oregon Country


Oregon Country was a large region of the Pacific Northwest of North America that was subject to a long dispute between the UK and the United States in the early 19th century.

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Oregon Country was the American name while the British used Columbia District for the region.

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Oregon Country erected a pole and a notice claiming the country for the United Kingdom and stating the intention of the North West Company to build a trading post on the site.

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Oregon Country was originally claimed by Great Britain, France, Russia, and Spain; the Spanish claim was later taken up by the United States.

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Oregon Country moved the regional company headquarters to Fort Vancouver in 1824.

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Reports of Oregon Country eventually circulated in the eastern United States.

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Oregon Country built a mission school for Indians in the Willamette Valley in 1834.

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American settlers began to arrive from the east via the Oregon Country Trail starting in the early 1840s and came in increasing numbers each subsequent year.

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The goal of the slogan was to rally Southern expansionists to support the effort to annex Oregon Country, appealing to the popular belief in manifest destiny.

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Shortly after the establishment of Oregon Country Territory, there was an effort to split off the region north of the Columbia River.

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