Happy Birthday, Oregon!

14 02 2014

IMG_3919On Valentine’s Day in 1859, 155 years ago, President James Buchanan signed the bill that officially made Oregon the 33rd state in the United States of America. Previous to state status, the government formed the Oregon Country in 1843 and then the Oregon Territory in 1848. The Oregon Country encompassed an area that is now Canada’s province of British Columbia, all of the current American states of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, and portions of Wyoming and Montana. Many countries tried claiming the Oregon Country as theirs, but in 1846, it was divided between the United States and Great Britain. The new Oregon Territory still included the previously mentioned states with the exception of British Columbia. When Oregon became an official state on February 14 of 1859, the remaining states became the new Washington Territory. Happy birthday, Oregon!

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