Oregon Trail reenactment at Scotts Bluff The first land route across what is now the United States was partially mapped by the Lewis and Clark Expedition between and
Lewis and Clark initially believed they had found a practical overland route to the west coast; however, the two passes they found going through the Rocky MountainsLemhi Pass and Lolo Passturned out to be much too difficult for prairie schooner wagons to pass through without considerable road work.
This was ultimately a shorter and faster route than the one they followed west. This route had the disadvantages of being much too rough for wagons and controlled by the Blackfoot Indians.
Even though Lewis and Clark had only traveled a narrow portion of the upper Missouri River drainage and part of the Columbia River drainage, these were considered the two major rivers draining most of the Rocky Mountains, and the expedition confirmed that there was no "easy" route through the northern Rocky Mountains as Jefferson had hoped.
Nonetheless, this famous expedition had mapped both the eastern and western river valleys Platte and Snake Rivers that bookend the route of the Oregon Trail and other emigrant trails across the continental divide—they just had not located the South Pass or some of the interconnecting valleys later used in the high country.
They did show the way for the mountain menwho within a decade would find a better way across, even if it was not to be an easy way. Pacific Fur Company[ edit ] Main article: Two movements of PFC employees were planned by Astor, one detachment to be sent to the Columbia River by the Tonquin and the other overland under an expedition led by Wilson Price Hunt.
Hunt and his party were to find possible supply routes and trapping territories for further fur trading posts. Upon arriving at the river in Marchthe Tonquin crew began construction of what became Fort Astoria. The ship left supplies and men to continue work on the station and ventured north up the coast to Clayoquot Sound for a trading expedition.
While anchored there, Jonathan Thorn insulted an elder Tla-o-qui-aht who was previously elected by the natives to negotiate a mutually satisfactory price for animal pelts. Soon after, the vessel was attacked and overwhelmed by the indigenous Clayoquot killing most of the crew except its Quinault interpreter, who later told the PFC management at Fort Astoria of the destruction.
The next day, the ship was blown up by surviving crew members. They abandoned their horses at the Snake River, made dugout canoes, and attempted to use the river for transport. Too far from their horses to retrieve them, they had to cache most of their goods and walk the rest of the way to the Columbia River where they made new boats and traveled to the newly established Fort Astoria.
The expedition demonstrated that much of the route along the Snake River plain and across to the Columbia was passable by pack train or with minimal improvements, even wagons. The group planned to retrace the path followed by the overland expedition back up to the east following the Columbia and Snake rivers.
Fear of an Indian attack near Union Pass in Wyoming forced the group further south where they discovered South Pass, a wide and easy pass over the Continental Divide. Louis in the spring of Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.
Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. May Learn how and when to remove this template message The first Fort Laramie as it looked prior to He had just completed a journey through much of western Canada and most of the Columbia River drainage system.
He was mapping the country for possible fur trading posts. Along the way he camped at the confluence of the Columbia and Snake rivers and posted a notice claiming the land for Britain and stating the intention of the North West Company to build a fort on the site Fort Nez Perces was later established there.
Astor, concerned the British navy would seize their forts and supplies in the War ofsold to the North West Company in their forts, supplies and furs on the Columbia and Snake River.
The North West Company started establishing more forts and trading posts of its own. That year the British parliament passed a statute applying the laws of Upper Canada to the district and giving the HBC power to enforce those laws.
In theory, the Treaty of Ghentwhich ended the War ofrestored possession of Oregon territory to the United States. Breaking up Camp at Sunrise, by Alfred Jacob Miller By overland travel, American missionaries and early settlers initially mostly ex-trappers started showing up in Oregon around In the early s thousands of American settlers arrived and soon greatly outnumbered the British settlers in Oregon.
These new emigrants often arrived in Oregon tired, worn out, nearly penniless, with insufficient food or supplies, just as winter was coming on. McLoughlin would later be hailed as the Father of Oregon.
By the HBC started using two brigades, each setting out from opposite ends of the express route—one from Fort Vancouver on the Columbia River and the other from York Factory on Hudson Bay—in spring and passing each other in the middle of the continent.
Modern political boundaries shown.
The fort quickly became the center of activity in the Pacific Northwest. Every year ships would come from London to the Pacific via Cape Horn to drop off supplies and trade goods in its trading posts in the Pacific Northwest and pick up the accumulated furs used to pay for these supplies.
It was the nexus for the fur trade on the Pacific Coast; its influence reached from the Rocky Mountains to the Hawaiian Islandsand from Russian Alaska into Mexican-controlled California. At its pinnacle in aboutFort Vancouver and its Factor manager watched over 34 outposts, 24 ports, 6 ships, and about employees.
When American emigration over the Oregon Trail began in earnest in the early s, for many settlers the fort became the last stop on the Oregon Trail where they could get supplies, aid and help before starting their homesteads.
Fort Victoria was erected in and became the headquarters of operations in British Columbia, eventually growing into modern-day Victoriathe capital city of British Columbia. The most heavily disputed portion is highlighted.More than 2, miles of trail ruts and traces can still be seen along the Oregon National Historic Trail in six states and serve as reminders of the sacrifices, struggles, and triumphs of early American settlers.
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