The first visitors to the Oregon territory were made up of explorers and fur traders. These adventurers came to the territory to harvest the furs that were so widely in demand in the European countries. As the furs became depleted and the territory began to open up for settlement, these same individuals retired to the areas that they had become familiar with. Many of the fur traders were French Canadian and metis (of French Canadian and Indian ancestry). I have listed many of these early settlers on my web page at Pre 1839 settlers by Stephenie Flora
French Canadian Names by Bernard Lussier
Metis Culture and History Links
Lives Lived West of the Divide by Bruce McIntyre Watson now available as a free ebook. Also still available as a reasonably priced 3 volume set in hard copy.
Brooks Historical Society
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