Land of the Dene Tsut Dah by Randall Scholten

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The battle that took place here on Battle Rock is described on a plaque in Battle Rock Park, which is adjacent to Battle Rock, and which was dedicated to the memory of the Dene Tsut Dah, the ancient people that first lived here, and also to the founders of Port Orford. Sadly, in 1850, the U.S. Congress passed what was called the Oregon Donation Land Act. It allowed white settlers to place claims on the Dene Tsut Dah land – without their consent. On June 9, 1851 Captain William Tichenor from the steamship “Sea Gull” landed with nine men in the first attempt to establish a white settlement. War ensued. Tichenor’s men were on Battle Rock and had a canon from the steamship with them. They were able to hold off the Natives. Some of the Natives were killed, but the white men escaped and later returned with 70 well armed men and took the land from the Dene Tsut Dah. One of the settlers is buried on the rock.

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  • Oncemore
    Oncemoreabout 6 years ago

    Sad history here…but a wonderfully fitting capture…moody, and desolate. Very beautiful

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonabout 6 years ago

    Very sad but a stunning picture of a wonderful coastline,

  • CraigsMom
    CraigsMomabout 6 years ago

    At first glance this made me think of the “Sleeping Bear” sand dunes.

  • Antanas
    Antanasabout 6 years ago

    amazing scenery

  • Evita
    Evitaabout 6 years ago

    Stunnig capture !!! :D

  • Boretti
    Borettiabout 6 years ago

    Incredibly lovely!

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariabout 6 years ago

    Sad history but well bought to our attention, thank you Randall!

  • Dave Sandersfeld
    Dave Sandersfeldabout 6 years ago

    I didn’t know a settler was buried on rock! incredible insight into Oregon’s tragic early history. We do better today.

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersabout 6 years ago

    You have some amazing landscapes. This is so beautiful. x

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