Oregon is a state in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. It is bordered on its west by the Pacific Ocean, on its north by Washington, on its south by California, on its east by Idaho, and on its southeast by Nevada. The Columbia River delineates much of Oregon's northern boundary, and the Snake River delineates much of the eastern boundary. It is one of only three states of the contiguous United States to have a coastline on the Pacific Ocean.
Oregon was inhabited by many indigenous tribes before traders, explorers, and settlers
arrived. An autonomous government was formed in the Oregon Country in 1843, the
Oregon Territory was created in 1848, and Oregon became the 33rd state on February
14, 1859. Today, Oregon is the 9th largest and 27th most populous U.S. state. Its
capital is Salem, the second most populous of its cities, with 160,614 residents
(2013 estimate). With 609,456 residents (2013 estimate), Portland is the largest
city in Oregon and ranks 29th in the U.S. Its metro population of 2,314,554 (2013
estimate) is 24th. The Willamette Valley in western Oregon is the state's most densely
populated area, home to eight of the ten most populous cities.
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Per wikipedia's "History of Oregon": The history of Oregon, a U.S. state, may be considered in five eras: geologic history, inhabitation by native peoples, early exploration by Europeans (primarily fur traders), settlement by pioneers, and modern development. (click the above link to see the entire article)
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