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Oregon Country. Lure of Oregon. American’s claim to Oregon was based on the Lewis and Clark expedition. Oregon attracted farmers and trappers because… Fertile soil/Fur Animals Full forests Mild temperature/Plentiful rainfall. Fur Trappers in the West.

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Oregon country

Oregon Country


Lure of oregon

Lure of Oregon

  • American’s claim to Oregon was based on the Lewis and Clark expedition.

  • Oregon attracted farmers and trappers because…

  • Fertile soil/Fur Animals

  • Full forests

  • Mild temperature/Plentiful rainfall


Fur trappers in the west

Fur Trappers in the West

  • The first people to travel to Oregon Country were the fur traders.

  • The first settlers were the Mountain Men who trapped animals and lived off the land.

  • Mountain Men would make small fortunes from furs they traded with Asia and Europe.

  • By 1830s the fur trade began to shrink because to many animals were killed.


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Beaver Pelts

Mountain Man

A typical fur trader


Missionaries in oregon

Missionaries in Oregon

  • Settlers began to set up Missionaries in Oregon to convert Natives to Christianity.

  • Instead many natives died from European disease.


Wagon trains west

Wagon Trains West

  • Many farmers were attracted to the Western lands because they heard the land was fertile.

  • Many travelers form wagon trains and followed a route called the Oregon Trail.

  • The wagon trains traveled 2,000 miles on foot, which took over 5 months.


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Conestoga Wagon

Donner Pass

& Cannibalism


Wagon trains west1

Wagon Trains West

  • Wagoner's faced many dangers such as:

    Heavy Rains –Heat-Snow storms

  • The largest threat to Wagoner's was disease do to close living quarters.

    Malaria-Cholera-Lice-Scurvy-Scabies


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Cholera

Malaria


Competing claims

Competing Claims

  • Four Countries claimed Oregon.

  • U.S, Great Britain, Russia, and Spain

  • Natives occupied the land for years, but had no say.

  • Since Great Britain and U.S. had the most settlers living in the territory Spain and Russia gave up claims.


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  • James K. Polk became President in 1844 and promised the U.S. would annex all of Oregon Country.

  • Polk wanted to avoid war with Britain and compromised on a treaty.

  • Both countries would cut Oregon in ½ and used the 49th Parallel (Latitude) to divide the land.


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