Off Beat Fort Vancouver spy story part of 1845 power struggle

first_imgThe message to Mervin Vavasour and Henry Warre in 1845 might have gone like this:“Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to determine whether Hudson’s Bay forts in Oregon Territory might be overrun by Americans.”Their secret mission brought the undercover British army officers to Fort Vancouver, where its future as a British bastion was very much in question.The United States and Great Britain were engaged in a tug of war over the Pacific Northwest. Under a joint occupation treaty, it was a destination for American settlers and the hub of a British trading operation.An observer noted that British subjects “had great difficulty in protecting their lands and possessions from the desperate characters, chiefly the refuse of the Western States.”That dispute is the theme of Saturday’s Campfires & Candlelight living-history event at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. It was inspired by the journal of Thomas Lowe, a Hudson’s Bay Company clerk, assistant curator Meagan Huff said.last_img

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