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Oregon History Timeline

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William Lewis Sublette took the first wagon trains along the Oregon Trail
Statehood: Oregon was admitted to the Union - February 14, 1859
Constitution: 33rd State to be admitted to the Union
"She Flies With Her Own Wings"

The Native Indians of Oregon included the Ahantchuyuk, Alsea, Bannock, Calapooya, Cayuse, Chastacosta, Chetco, Hanis, Kuitsh, Miluk, Modoc, Nez Perce, Shasta, Snake, Takelma, Tillamook, Wallawalla and Yamel tribes

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French explorer, Pierre Gaultier de la Vérendrye (1732-1739 ), lead the first known Euro-American expedition into Oregon



Claimed by the United States after Captain Robert Gray ( 1755 - 1806 ) explored the mouth of the Columbia River on his ship "the Columbia".



1756 - 1763: The Seven Years War (French and Indian War) due to disputes over land is won by Great Britain. France gives England all French territory east of the Mississippi River, except New Orleans. The Spanish give up east and west Florida to the English in return for Cuba.



1775 - 1783 - The American Revolution creates the United States of America. The Revolution was due to the British burden of taxes and total power to legislate any laws governing the American colonies. George Washingtonled the American victory over Great Britain in the American Revolutionary War (American War of Independence



July 4, 1776 - United States Declaration of Independence



July 10, 1778 - France declares war against Britain and makes an alliance with the American revolutionary forces



September 3, 1783 - The Treaty of Paris is signed by the victorious United States and the defeated Great Britain



The Louisiana Purchase - In 1803, the United States bought the Louisiana Territory from France. The U.S. Secretary of State, James Madison paid 15 million dollars for the land



1812 - 1815: The War of 1812 between U.S. and Great Britain, ended in a stalemate but confirmed America's Independence



1822-1829: William H Ashley exploration and the discovery of a central route to the Pacific



Alexander Ross was the leader of the Hudson's Bay Company's 1824 trapping expedition into Snake Country during the fur trade era in Shoshone country



Peter Skene Ogden (1794-1854) working for the Hudson's Bay Company led five trapping expeditions to the "Snake Country" between 1828-1829



1829 - 1830: William Lewis Sublette (1799–1845) took the first wagon trains along the route (Oregon Trail) to the Rocky Mountains



John Work, a trader of the Hudson's Bay Company part of the trapping expedition to the Snake Country



1832 - 1834: Nathaniel Jarvis Wyeth organized and led two expeditions to the fur country. He was accompanied by John Kirk Townsend a young ornithologist, and Thomas Nuttall, a botanist on his second expedition



Joseph and Louis Papin were the first white settlers in Topeka. They established Papin's Ferry which ferried the wagons across the Kansas River



The Applegate Trail - Was blazed by brothers Lindsay, Jesse, and Charles Applegate as an alternative route to Oregon



Fort Kearny was established



Gold discovered in California causing the Oregon Trail to be labelled the California Trail by California-bound travellers



John Brown raided Harpers Ferry and set in motion events that led directly to the outbreak of the Civil War.



Statehood - The Date that Oregon was admitted to the Union - February 14, 1859. Constitution - Oregon was the 33rd State to be admitted to the Union. State Motto - " Alis Volat Propiis " the State Motto is translated as "She Flies With Her Own Wings".



1861 - 1865: The American Civil War. outbreak of the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln, a known opponent of slavery, was elected president and in 1861 the South Secedes. The initial Secession of South Carolina was followed by the secession of Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina. These eleven states eventually formed the Confederate States of America. The bombardment of Fort Sumter was the opening engagement of the American Civil War.



The surrender of Robert E. Lee on April 9 1865 signalled the end of the Confederacy



1865 December 6 - The Abolishment of Slavery. The Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified, thus officially abolishing slavery



The surrender of Robert E. Lee on April 9 1865 signalled the end of the Confederacy



1872-1873: The Modoc War - Kientpoos, known to the settlers as Captain Jack, and his Modocs fled from their reservation to Tule Lake, where they held out against soldiers for six months. Captain Jack was hanged



1898-1901: The Spanish American War. On December 10, 1898 the Treaty of Paris the US annexes Puerto Rico, Guam, Philippines

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Origin of the name - The name of this state is believed to come from the Spanish word "oregano" for the wild sage which grows in eastern Oregon.

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