Wednesday, December 14, 2011
An ornately bordered map, published in 1860, shows that Washington Territory then embraced much of what is today the state of Idaho. Only a part of what had been Oregon Territory became the state of Oregon in 1859. The push for statehood took on greater urgency after the Dred Scott case of 1856 declared that territories had no right to exclude slavery.
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