Oregon and British Columbia were once one great British territory, centered on the great Columbia and Fraser rivers. But the Americans sent in settlers and threatened war, and in 1846 the British surrendered the mainland south of the 49th parallel. The Americans divided their portion into two states: Oregon and American Columbia, later Washington. The landscape and the climate are similar all along the coast, and some dream of an independent future as Cascadia. Regardless, Oregon is beautiful.

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