TNT at Fort George Brewery: Lewis and Clark and the International Competition for Oregon

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Date(s) - May 17, 2018
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Fort George Lovell Showroom

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The Clatsop County Historical Society’s last lecture in the Thursday Night Talks (TNT) series will be May 17th with:
Lewis and Clark and the International Competition for Oregon by Author Mark Eifler
The Pacific Northwest coast was a hotbed of international competition between 1775 and 1815, when four nations—Spain, Russian, Great Britain, and the United States—sought control of the region. By the time of the Lewis and Cark Expedition, it was apparent that the key to regional dominance focused on the mouth of the Columbia River. Most students of American history are familiar with the scientific goals President Jefferson established for Corps of Discovery, but Jefferson also had his eye on political and economic power as he sought to map the vast territory recently purchased from France.
Although the Expedition did not make direct contact with representatives of the other nations, historian and author Mark Eifler will discuss the remarkable geopolitical ramifications of Lewis and Clark’s journey, the end of Spain’s already weak hold on the Pacific Northwest, a frenzy of Russian activity to seize the coast, and a further opening of the door for British fur traders.
The Thursday Night Talks (TNT) lecture series is a free event at the Fort George Showroom in the Lovell Building on the third Thursday of each month, September through May. Doors open at 6:00 pm, with lectures beginning at 7:00 pm. Seasonal beers on tap, food and other beverages are available for purchase. Minors are welcome with an accompanying adult.
For more information about this event or other Clatsop County Historical Society activities, please call 503-325-2203 or e-mail:
Clatsop County Historical Society is a 501(C)(3) non-profit educational organization dedicated to preserving and presenting the history of Clatsop County Oregon and the surrounding area. The Society operates the Flavel House Museum, The Heritage Museum, the Oregon Film Museum and the Uppertown Firefighters Museum.