The Oregon Country
How did the United States accomplish Manifest Destiny?
Americans first heard about the Oregon Country in the early 1800s
The region includes current day Oregon, Washington, Idaho and parts of Wyoming, Montana and western Canada.
Initially, the land was claimed by Russia, The United States, Great Britain and Spain (RUGS). Eventually only the US and Britain claimed the land
Climate: Mild, good amount of rainfall
Land: Fertile soil, forests
The first Americans to settle permanently in Oregon were missionaries.
Missionary-a person who tries to convert someone to a religion
They wanted to convert the Native Americans to Christianity
Mountain Men-rugged individualists, lived off the land and survived on what they were able to find or capture
Rendezvous-Mountain Menwould meet at an agreed upon time and place to trade for necessary materials
The Oregon Trail
Began in Independence, Missouri
Dangers: floods, droughts, extreme heat, diseases, drownings
More than 50,000 traveled the Oregon Trail between 1840 and 1860