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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

Who founded the state of Washington?

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  • Willie
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    1 decade ago
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    Need to be a little more specific with your question. The Native Americans first setteled there.

    Bartolome Ferrelo sailed north from Mexico and reached the Oregon coast at about 42 1/2 degees north latitude in 1543. Though Spain long maintained that all of the lands bordering the Pacific Ocean were theirs, this was their first attempt to explore the coast of the Pacific Northwest.

    In June 1579 Sir Francis Drake sailed along the Oregon coast and possibly reached the coast of present-day Washington. He named the sighted land New Albion and claimed it for Queen Elizabeth I of England. This was the first of many strong claims the British made for possession of the Pacific Northwest.

    In 1603, Spanish explorer Martin Aquilar, sailed north from Monterey along the Pacific coast. He reported discovering a great river, possibly the Columbia River.

    On July 14, 1775, Spanish explorers Bruno Heceta and Bodega y Quadra went ashore at what is now Point Grenville, near the Hoh River on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington, and became the first known white men to set foot on the soil of Washington State.

    On Sunday, March 22, 1778, Captain James Cook, in search of the Northwest Passage, reached Cape Flattery on the northwest tip of the Olympic Peninsula and established British claims to the region. Captain Cook’s stories of the abundance of sea otters start the first "fur rush" of trappers and traders to the Pacific Northwest.

    During the late 1780s, Spain and England hotly disputed their respective claims to the Pacific Northwest. In the end, both countries decided the land was not worth an all-out war. In 1790, Spain and England signed the Treaty of Nootka, affirming England’s claims to the coastal areas of the Pacific Northwest, including present-day Washington.

    In 1818 Great Britain and the United States signed a treaty fixing the boundary between the British and American possessions along the 49th Parallel, from the Lake of the Woods in Minnesota to the Stony (Rocky) Mountains. From the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, the land is declared open to settlers from both countries for a period of ten years. The treaty acknowledged the claims of the United States and Great Britain to the Pacific Northwest and those claims would be settled later.

    On February 2, 1843 the first of the so-called "Wolf Meetings" were held in the Willamette Valley to discuss the problem of wolves preying on livestock and other problems affecting the settlers. On May 2 they met at Champoeg, just south of present-day Portland. This time the meeting passed a resolution to adopt a provisional government and assign members of the meeting the task of drafting a legal code. Working from the only law book they had, an 1839 publication of the Statutes of Iowa (including the Northwest Ordinance of 1787), the settlers formed sub-committees to draft the proposed constitution.

    On July 5, 1843, the settlers reassembled at Champoeg where they adopted a constitution, thus forming the Oregon Provisional Government. Although the Oregon Provisional Government may not have been legal, it served the settlers in Oregon until the establishment of Oregon Territory in 1848. One of the acts passed by the assembly recognized grain as legal tender.

    On August 14, 1848, President Polk signed the act which created Oregon Territory. This came as a relief to settlers who lived without a legal government for several years due to political strife in Washington D.C. Although the settlement of the boundary dispute in 1846 removed the international barriers to the establishment of a territorial government for the Oregon country, Congress did not act immediately largely because of the issue of allowing slavery in the new territory.

    On November 11, 1889, U.S. Secretary of State James Blaine sent a telegram to Miles Moore, the last governor of Washington Territory stating: "The President signed the proclamation declaring Washington to be a state in the Union at 5:00 and twenty-seven minutes this afternoon."

    Source(s): Here is a better web site http://www.secstate.wa.gov/history/
  • No one person "founded" that state. It was part of the western territories. When enough people settled there to meet Federal rules, the territory was divided into states. This one happened to be named after George Washington.

  • 1 decade ago

    Look up the state of Washington and find out. I live here too, and I don't know.

  • 1 decade ago

    A black pioneer named George Wasington Bush and his caucasion wife Isabella James Bush.

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