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Historical Tidbit Thursdays - The Oregon Trail - Jedediah Smith - #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!

Jedediah Strong Smith was born January 6, 1799 in Bainbridge, New York.

In 1822 at twenty-three years old, he joined a tradition expedition to the Upper Missouri River.

In 1823, he led a group of traders over a high plain through the Rocky Mountains (the same path taken by Robert Stuart in 1812). It was later called the "South Pass" because it was south of the route Lewis and Clark had taken earlier.

Soon Jedediah took over the fur-trading business. In 1830, his business partner, William Sublette, organized a group of 10 wagons to travel through the South Pass. This was the first wagon train to journey successfully through the Rockies.

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

Photo Credits: https://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/south-pass

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