Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Spring 1970

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

Committee Chair

Kent D. Richards

Second Committee Member

Thomas Walterman

Third Committee Member

Donald J. Murphy


Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led exploration as they followed the waters of the upper Missouri and the Columbia to the Pacific Ocean in 1805, John Jacob Astor in 1811 tried to occupy the coast with trading posts, and finally Nathaniel Jarvis Wyeth in 1832 attempted to start a fur and salmon industry in the southern tributaries of the Columbia River. This paper will examine one of these earliest explorers, Nathaniel Wyeth, whose expeditions helped to open the Pacific Northwest to American settlers.