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In reading these sorts of stories what I always wonder about the sort of wildly optimistic and risk taking personalities that would decide to settle down in some land where the overseeing government is not yet known.



Oregon Country had government (or governments) long before it formally became part of US and Canada, respectively, it just happened to be an ad-hoc one that grew organically out of necessity.


More like wildly pessimistic about the places they flee from. These are usually people displaced by religious, social and racial discrimination looking for a fresh start.




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