Home Archives April 2008 Discovered cannons and the economy of 1846

Discovered cannons and the economy of 1846

| Print |  Email
Tuesday, April 01, 2008


USSShark.jpg

USS Shark

OREGON COAST In 1846, the USS Shark sank near the mouth of the Columbia River, leaving behind cannons that wouldn’t be found until they washed ashore at Arch Cape in February.

That was a remarkable year for Oregon and its nascent economy. In 1846, the Americans and the English signed the treaty that gave Oregon Country to the U.S. It was the year that the final section of the Oregon Trail was built around Mount Hood, opening the Willamette Valley to covered wagons for the first time.

And it was the year that John McLoughlin, also known as the “Father of Oregon,” resigned from the English fur-trading Hudson’s Bay Company and began selling farming tools to new settlers from his store in Oregon City.

If not for its cannons, the sinking of the Shark would be a footnote in history. The year 1846, as farming replaced fur trading and the seeds of modern Oregon were planted, will not.                       

ABRAHAM HYATT



Have an opinion? E-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

More Articles

Powerlist: Colleges and Universities

September 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
BY KIM MOORE

A conversation about higher education with the presidents of the University of Oregon and Clackamas Community College, followed by September's powerlist.


Read more...

Community colleges and sustainability

Contributed Blogs
Thursday, July 31, 2014
sustainabilityBY MARY SPILDE | OB GUEST CONTRIBUTOR

Faced with the aftermath of the “great recession,” increasing concern about the environment and dwindling family wage jobs, we have some very important choices to make about our future.


Read more...

College Hacker

September 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
BY KLINT FINLEY

Treehouse CEO Ryan Carson builds a 21st-century trade school.


Read more...

Green Endeavor cleans up

News
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
080614 ULnew greenendeavorBY LINDA BAKER | OB EDITOR

Portland startup Green Endeavor strikes gold, inking a partnership with Underwriters Laboratories, an Illinois-based consulting and certification company with offices in 46 countries.


Read more...

Report Card

September 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Strong public schools shore up the economy, survey respondents say. But local schools demonstrate lackluster performance.


Read more...

Molecular Movies

September 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER

Dr. Chong Fang isn’t God. But the assistant professor of chemistry at Oregon State University is getting closer to figuring out how he put everything together. 


Read more...

Tight and Loose

September 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
BY JENNIFER MARGULIS

As schools implement more rigorous academic standards, holistic and flexible approaches to K-12 education flourish.


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS