The History of Washington State

The History of Washington


By Holice, Pam, and Deb

Extra special thanks to Holice B. Young for transcribing this series of books.  The excellent work she does continues to help many researchers!  Thanks also, to Pam Rietsch, for sharing her books with the world!



Firstly, we purpose, for the better enlightenment of the reader of this, our story of Washington, to reopen, with some little ceremony and minuteness of description the three great doors whose long-sealed portals, thanks to the brave energy of Columbus, Balboa and Magellan, gave, in the sequences of their successive discoveries, three gateways through which the civilization of the world poured into reach and occupy, first, the eastern, then the western shores of the South American continent; and then, in the fullness of time, those of our own northwest coasts.

To this will naturally follow, as briefly as may be, some notice for later voyages and attempts, more or less successful, to examine and settle our own western boundary, not only the explorations of Spain, but of those who emulated her--the Russian, the Dutch, the English, and American navigators whose untied efforts mapped our own geography of to-day.

Having thus, as it were, led our reader form "dawn to daylight" upon the coast, we shall endeavor to trace the profess of interior occupancy, when the first faint plash of waves was heard,

"Erelong to roll a human sea," of those who flocked in by land from the eastward to settle upon the fertile fields of Washington.

Having thus occupied and partially settled our State, we will touch lightly here and there upon prominent incidents--those which might prove most interesting to the general reader of her early struggles while still linked with Oregon, her birth into

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Territorial individuality, causes which led to the separation, and subsequent admission as one of the sovereign states.

Here aboriginal inhabitants, their origin, custom, and fruitless attempts to drive out the whites, and repossess their hunting-grounds, will supply the material for a separate chapter. Her advantages of climate and soil, her trade, commerce, and manufactures, her natural beauties, material wealth and individual character, will find a place and conclude a work whose scope does not permit it to emulate the fullness of Bancroft's elaborate Northwest, or the wonderful minuteness of Evans.

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