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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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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.
slide8

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

slide10

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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