The United States and Great Britain, agreed in 1818 that citizens of either country could occupy any part of Oregon Territory. In 1840 the territory stretched from Northern California to Alaska. Fewer than 500 British, Americans, Russians, Spanish, or other foreigners lived in the territory that year. The Tribes whose lands existed within Oregon Territory were not Treated with by either government until 1854.
On November 4th, Northwest Treaty Trail: 1854 - 1856 will debut in the gallery and join the current exhibit. The exhibit features the journey of Territorial Governor Isaac Stevens as he spoke to the many Tribes whose lands the United States government had exerted claim over in the 1846 Oregon Treaty with Great Britain, closing the Imperial Era in the American Pacific Northwest.
Traveling Exhibits Courtesy of the Washington State Historical Society