By Michael Golay
A shiny tableau of the yankee conquest of the Pacific Coast
"With Broughton's day trip, the americans and the British had published competing claims to an enormous expanse of the Pacific Northwest. the world in rivalry could surround all of current Oregon and Washington and components of Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, and British Columbia. Robert grey, the dour Yankee dealer, and William Broughton, the imprecise British naval officer, nonentities either, sailed clear of the misty coasts of the Columbia in 1792, by no means to come. they'd no method of understanding, after all, the way it may all finish. however the breathtaking effrontery in their claims set in movement occasions of fateful final result, touching off a half-century of alternate and diplomatic contention, a flood of Euroamerican payment, and the displacement and digital destruction of the immemorial population of what the contestants could come to name the Oregon Country."
-from THE TIDE OF EMPIRE