The Immigrant Pioneers Project and Collaborative Profile of the Week Present
Jean-Baptiste McLoughlin (1784-1857)
Dr. John McLoughlin was known as the "Father of Oregon." In the late 1840s his general store in Oregon City was famous as the last stop on the Oregon Trail. He's an unconnected profile.
- Who were his parents?
- Did he have siblings?
- Did he have a wife and children? Let's see if we can connect him to the global tree.
- He was born in Canada, how/why did he end up in Oregon?
- Did he become an American citizen?
- What did he do to deserve the title of Father of Oregon?
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Immigrant Pioneers Project
The lure of free land offered by The Homestead Act of 1862 and the sale of public lands brought settlement to the west for people looking for a new life and new opportunities. The most spectacular burst of settlement occurred between 1881 and 1885, when 67,000 settlers took up homesteads in the Dakota Territory alone. European immigration fed these booms. Many Irish moved to Nebraska, Minnesota, and the Dakota Territory. Germans continued to migrate by the thousands to Kansas, Nebraska, Dakota, Minnesota, and Texas. From 1865 onward, tens of thousands of immigrants came from Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, and the number increased yearly until 1882, when 105,362 arrived.
The Immigrant Pioneers Project was created to highlight the profiles of the people who came from other countries to help settle the American West.