state of Oregon is surrounded by its four
neighbours… California, Washington,
Idaho, and Nevada. Its western border
runs into the Pacific Ocean, and its northern
border is defined by the Columbia River.
It is a somewhat mountainous state, containing
the Coastal Mountain Range and the Cascade
Mountain Range. It is known to be somewhat
damp due to an excessive amount of rain,
but the truth is that only the western
half of the state is notably rainy; east
of the Cascades the climate is much more
Oregon is also known for it picturesque
wilderness, its beautiful forests and
streams, and its fascination with “a
simple life”. The state has suffered
from the rapid pace of logging in its
forests, as well as many of the nation's
modern environmental problems.
the arrival of the Europeans, Native Americans
inhabited the state in great numbers.
Exploration of the coast occurred during
the late 1700s, the fur trade flourished
during the early 1800s, and the “Oregon
Territory” was officially organized
in 1848. By 2000 it would have a population
of about 3.5 million people.
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One of the more interesting things about
Oregon is that no one is sure of how it
became to be called Oregon. Documents
have been traced back hundreds of years,
but no one can really nail down who coined
the phrase. The “most plausible”
explanation to date is that it was an
error on a map, and people just carried
it on from there.