Rise and Fall of Waiilatpu, The

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The Whitman massacre was the murder of missionaries Marcus Whitman and his wife Narcissa, along with eleven others, on November 30th, 1847. They were killed by members of the Cayuse tribe who accused him of having poisoned 200 Cayuse.  It took place in southeastern Washington state near the town of Walla Walla, Washington and was one of the most notorious episodes in the U.S. settlement of the Pacific Northwest. Whitman had helped lead the first wagon train to cross Oregon’s Blue Mountains and reach the Columbia River via the Oregon Trail, and this incident was the climax of several years of complex interaction between him and the local Indians. The story of the massacre shocked the United States Congress into action concerning the future territorial status of the Oregon Country, and the Oregon Territory was established on August 14, 1845.

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This is an abridged republication of a combination of two works: Waiilatpu: Its Rise and Fall (by Miles Cannon) and The Letters and Journals of Narcissa Whitman 1836-1947.

  • Lucerna Academy families: Use this for 1 week in Year 3 Honors Rhetoric History class.
  • Tapestry of Grace families: This is a replacement for The Tragic Tale of Narcissa Whitman.
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