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Historical Tidbit Thursdays - The Oregon Trail - The Beginnings - #TidbitThursday


Welcome to our newest addition to the blog - Historical Tidbit Thursdays!

The next few weeks I'm veering off my normal Texas History research trail to dive deep into the Oregon Trail and share my research with you! Hope you enjoy!

In 1824, Jedediah Smith, a mountain man, found a pass through the Rocky Mountain, thus opening a way to travel to the Oregon Country.

In 1836, the White Mission was established in a place near today's Walla Walla, Washington. It became a stop near the end of what would become the Oregon Trail.

Up until this time, Oregon Country had passed many hands - Spain, Great Britain, Russia, and France - until Great Britain finally obtained control of it.

In 1846, a treaty was signed giving the United States part of the Oregon Territory.

In 1843, the first large group of 1000 emigrants left Independence, Missouri for Oregon Territory. They journeyed for 6 months over 2000 miles with 120 wagons pulled by oxen.

How Many People Traveled the Oregon Trail? by Miriam Aronin; ISBN#978-0-7613-5332-4

Photo Credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jedediah_Smith#/media/File:Jedediah_Smith.jpg

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