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Was lower half of BC once part of the Oregon Territory?

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Ever heard that the lower half of British Columbia was once included in the Oregon Territory before the 49th parallel was settled on? I hadn't but two or three American people and a couple of Canadians told me that. It's an interesting concept. Does anyone know for a fact whether this was or was not so?

Posted by: Tara | June 21st, 2010

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Well I was able to answer the question for myself, thankfully. No, we were NOT part of the Oregon Territory, although it seems we missed becoming part of the United States by not much. Fortunately, we began as Canadian and remained Canadian.

Posted by: Tara | November 12th, 2010

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Tara, there are parts of southern B.C., the "Osoyoos Arid Biotic Zone" that is a continuation of the Sonoran Desert that extends from Mexico right up to the Okanagan Valley. Maybe that's why some people thought we were part of the United States.

Posted by: Wendy | December 17th, 2010

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Thanks, Wendy. I'd heard about that northernmost tip of the Sonoran Desert; it surprised me at the time. New Mexico being one of my favorite places I also noticed how the city of Kelowna's "Mission" district capitalized on the Sonoran Desert theme a bit in some of it's architecture. I could almost fantasize being back in New Mexico for a few seconds. Osoyoos is the "epicenter" of the tip of the desert, though -- and I like it there, too, although I do have trouble with excessive heat now that I'm older.

Posted by: Tara | January 8th, 2011

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