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    Whitman Mission

    National Historic Site Washington

Life at Whitman Mission

close-up of a sheep

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Help from Hawaii
The American Board's new missions in the Oregon Country received help from the older, more established sister missions in the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii). This assistance came in the form of sheep, helpers, and a printing press.

 
 
Five modern squash

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Agriculture at the mission was critical to the Whitmans' survival. Asa Smith described work being done in 1838.

Did You Know?

Oregon Trail Wagon

Wagons used on the Oregon Trail had to carry nearly 2000 pounds of supplies. They traveled 2000 miles or more to the Oregon Country. Most wagons were pulled by oxen as they could eat the prairie grass and survive without lots of food for lengthy periods.