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By Michael Golay

A bright tableau of the yankee conquest of the Pacific Coast

"With Broughton's excursion, the american citizens and the British had published competing claims to an enormous expanse of the Pacific Northwest. the realm in competition could surround all of current Oregon and Washington and components of Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, and British Columbia. Robert grey, the dour Yankee dealer, and William Broughton, the imprecise British naval officer, nonentities either, sailed clear of the misty coasts of the Columbia in 1792, by no means to come back. they'd no approach of understanding, after all, the way it might all finish. however the breathtaking effrontery in their claims set in movement occasions of fateful final result, touching off a half-century of exchange and diplomatic contention, a flood of Euroamerican cost, and the displacement and digital destruction of the immemorial population of what the contestants may come to name the Oregon Country."
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