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Cayuse War, 1847-1855

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  • Jean-Baptiste Dorion (c.1813 - 1848)
    Jean-Baptiste born in 1813. He married Josephte Cayuse or Kiaus the 3 rd February 1845 in Fort Vancouver, Clark county, Washington ,U.S.A. He died in 1849, Willamette Valley, Clackamas county, Oregon. ...
  • Narcissa Whitman (1808 - 1847)
    Narcissa Whitman arrived in the Oregon Terittory in 1836. Narcissa Prentiss Whitman (March 14, 1808 – November 29, 1847) was an American missionary in the Oregon Country of what would become the st...

The Cayuse War was an armed conflict that took place in the Northwestern United States from 1847 to 1855 between the Cayuse people of the region and the United States Government and local Euro-American settlers. Caused in part by the influx of disease and settlers to the region, the immediate start of the conflict occurred in 1847 when the Whitman Massacre took place at the Whitman Mission near present day Walla Walla, Washington when fourteen people were killed in and around the mission. Over the next few years the Provisional Government of Oregon and later the United States Army battled the Native American peoples east of the Cascades. This was the first of several wars between the original inhabitants and Euro-American settlers in that region that would lead to the negotiations between the United States and Native people of the Columbia Plateau, creating a number of Indian reservations.