Early Social, Economic & Political Developments in Washington


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Why did the settlers of the Oregon Territory set up their own provisional government?

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1. What was the first major industry in Washington, when it was still part of the Oregon Territory and first being settled?

2. What industry was the city of Tacoma best known for?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

What do you know about the early history of the state of Washington? Answer these questions on points like the reason for the formation of the provisional government of the Oregon Territory and the first major industry in Washington.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Find out how much you know about these topics:

  • Industry associated with the city of Tacoma
  • Controversial aspect of Isaac Stevens as a governor
  • Industries that became important when Washington was made a state

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the first provisional government of the Oregon Territory and Washington's first major industry
  • Making connections - use your understanding of the city of Tacoma and its connection to a major industry in the state of Washington
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the important industry in Washington when it first entered into the Union

Additional Learning

For more on the history of Washington, you can review the lesson called Early Social, Economic & Political Developments in Washington. Consider these bullet points:

  • Location of the state and the Native Americans who previously lived there
  • Hudson Bay Company in the Oregon Territory
  • Missionaries who reached the coast along the Oregon Trail
  • Oregon Treaty between U.S. and Great Britain
  • Founding of big cities in Washington
  • Year when Washington became a U.S. state