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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

British Flag in Astoria?

15th & Exchange, Astoria ~ Feb. 6, 2013

No, this isn't Fort Clatsop.  It's a replica of Fort George (aka Fort Astoria).  But why is it flying the British Flag?

Located behind Fort George Public House and the Blue Scorcher Bakery is the site commemorating the establishment of Fort Astoria by the Pacific Fur Company, who followed closely on the heels of Lewis & Clark.  A bunch of historical stuff happened and long story short:  The men of Fort Astoria decided to sell the Fort to the British rather than surrender or be taken over by their military.  The Brits renamed it Fort George and was in control of the territory for about 33 years before Astoria was finally turned over to the United States.

Cyndi Mudge, Guest Blogger

Astoria, Oregon, Daily Photo is sponsored by Tapir and Friends Animal Store.


tapirgal said...

This is a fun photo. Your text points up our unique history here at the mouth of the Columbia. Thanks for the history reminder!

cieldequimper said...

Having the Union Jack flying keeps history alive! Very cool shot!

VP said...

Unusual and very interesting!

JM said...

Yes, very interesting!

Cyndi Mudge said...

The full tale is actually humorous. The British Captain sent to "capture Astoria" was promised some reward for doing so but when he got there was disappointed to discover the fur traders had "sold" the Fort to the Brits so he couldn't capture it.

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