Before the Convention

A composite of historical images
Top to bottom: Fort Vancouver; Whitman Massacre; Oregon Trail; gold rush; 1857 Salem newspaper.
Even though the people of the Oregon Country were geographically isolated from the United States, they were nonetheless inextricably linked to its most important events and issues—especially the overriding question of slavery. This section explores Oregon's long and momentous journey from wilderness to the threshold of statehood.