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Columbia River, largest river flowing into the Pacific Ocean from North America. Shortly below the confluence with the Snake River, its largest tributary, the. Snake River, largest tributary of the Columbia River and one of the most important streams in the Pacific Northwest section of the United States. It rises in the. Columbia and Snake Rivers Voyage: $ Air Credit with a historian at Cape Disappointment, where the Columbia River meets the Pacific Ocean. Travelers should be in good health, comfortable walking or standing for extended periods.
The contact would prove devastating to the Indian tribes; a large portion of their population was wiped out by a smallpox epidemic. Canadian explorer Alexander Mackenzie crossed what is now interior British Columbia in Their records recount tales of hospitable traders who were not above stealing small items from the visitors.
They also noted brass teakettles, a British musket, and other artifacts that had been obtained in trade with coastal tribes. The US Supreme Court upheld fishing rights in landmark cases in and as well as the case United States v.
Washingtoncommonly called the Boldt Decision. Dipnet fishing at Celilo Falls, Fish were central to the culture of the region's natives, both as sustenance and as part of their religious beliefs. In comparison, the largest run since was inwith 3. The development was accompanied by extensive negotiations between natives and US government agencies.
The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, a coalition of various tribes, adopted a constitution and incorporated after the completion of the Bonneville Dam flooded Cascades Rapids;  Still, in the s, there were natives who lived along the river and fished year round, moving along with the fish's migration patterns throughout the seasons. Historian Derek Hayes claims that "It is a near certainty that Japanese or Chinese people arrived on the northwest coast long before any European.
Evidence exists that Spanish castaways reached the shore in and traded with the Clatsop ; if these were the first Europeans to see the Columbia, they failed to send word home to Spain. Many ships in the area, especially those under Spanish and British command, searched the northwest coast for a large river that might connect to Hudson Bay or the Missouri River.
The first documented European discovery of the Columbia River was that of Bruno de Hecetawho in sighted the river's mouth. On the advice of his officers, he did not explore it, as he was short-staffed and the current was strong. Later Spanish maps based on his discovery showed a river, labeled Rio de San Roque,  or an entrance, called Entrada de Hezeta.
Royal Navy commander George Vancouver sailed past the mouth in April and observed a change in the water's color, but he accepted Meares' report and continued on his journey northward.
Gray reported that he had seen the entrance to the Columbia and had spent nine days trying but failing to enter.
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Gray's fur trading mission had been financed by Boston merchants, who outfitted him with a private vessel named Columbia Rediviva ; he named the river after the ship on May The farthest point reached was Grays Bay at the mouth of Grays River. Broughton formally claimed the river, its drainage basinand the nearby coast for Britain.
In contrast, Gray had not made any formal claims on behalf of the United States. Beacon Rock is visible on the left. Detail from the Lewis and Clark expedition map.
Because the Columbia was at the same latitude as the headwaters of the Missouri River, there was some speculation that Gray and Vancouver had discovered the long-sought Northwest Passage.
A British map showed a dotted line connecting the Columbia with the Missouri. They explored a few miles upriver, as far as Bateman Islandbefore heading down the Columbia, concluding their journey at the river's mouth and establishing Fort Clatsopa short-lived establishment that was occupied for less than three months.
Over the next few years he explored much of the river and its northern tributaries. On his return to the north, Thompson explored the one remaining part of the river he had not yet seen, becoming the first European-American to travel the entire length of the river. For many the final leg of the journey involved travel down the lower Columbia River to Fort Vancouver. Bywhen the so-called "joint occupation" was renewed for an indefinite period, it seemed probable that the lower Columbia River would in time become the border.
For years the Hudson's Bay Company successfully maintained control of the Columbia River and American attempts to gain a foothold were fended off. In the s, American religious missions were established at several locations in the lower Columbia River region.
In the s a mass migration of American settlers undermined British control.
The Hudson's Bay Company tried to maintain dominance by shifting from the fur trade, which was in sharp decline, to exporting other goods such as salmon and lumber. Colonization schemes were attempted, but failed to match the scale of American settlement.
Americans generally settled south of the Columbia, mainly in the Willamette Valley. The Hudson's Bay Company tried to establish settlements north of the river, but nearly all the British colonists moved south to the Willamette Valley.
The Lower Snake River Project's four dams and navigation locks have transformed this part of the Snake River into a series of reservoirs. The nearly complete subduction of the Farallon Plate underneath the westward-moving North American Plate created the Rocky Mountainswhich were pushed up by rising magma trapped between the sinking Farallon plate and the North American plate.
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For miles on either side of the river, flood waters stripped away soils and scoured the underlying basalt bedrock, forming the Snake River Canyon and creating Shoshone Falls, Twin Falls, Crane Falls, Swan Falls and other waterfalls along the Idaho section of the river. The flood widened Hells Canyon but did not deepen it. The Missoula Floods, which occurred more than 40 times between 15, and 13, years ago, were caused by Glacial Lake Missoula on the Clark Fork repeatedly being impounded by ice dams then breaking through, with the lake's water rushing over much of eastern Washington in massive surges far larger than the Lake Bonneville Flood.
These floods pooled behind the Cascade Range into enormous lakes and spilled over the northern drainage divide of the Snake River watershed, carving deep canyons through the Palouse Hills including the Palouse River canyon and Palouse Falls.
The Lake Bonneville Floods and the Missoula Floods helped widen and deepen the Columbia River Gorgea giant water gap which allows water from the Columbia and Snake rivers to take a direct route through the Cascade Range to the Pacific. The high hydraulic conductivity of the mostly- basalt rocks in the plain led to the formation of the Snake River Aquiferone of the most productive aquifers in North America.
Many rivers and streams flowing from the north side of the plain sink into the aquifer instead of flowing into the Snake River, a group of watersheds called the lost streams of Idaho. Most of the Snake River watershed lies between the Rocky Mountains on the east and the Columbia Plateau on the northwest.
However, precipitation in the Snake River watershed varies widely. At Twin Falls, in the center of the Snake River Plain, the climate is nearly desert, with an annual rainfall of just 9.
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In the upper parts of the watershed, however, the river flows through an area with a distinct alpine climate. There are also stretches where the river and its tributaries have incised themselves into tight gorges. Map of the Columbia River Basin with the Snake River highlighted in yellow and the Columbia River in blue Much of the area along the river, within a few miles of its banks, is irrigated farmland, especially in its middle and lower course.
Aside from water from the river, water is also pulled from the Snake River Aquifer for irrigation.