The Columbia Plateau
The Inland Empire 


The history of Spokane and its surrounding Inland Empire shines in relation to most areas of the world because it was the last section of the North American Continent to come under control and development of a single modern imperialistic nation. This came about because this rich domain of about 200 miles in diameter was ringed by formidable mountain ranges that were difficult to penetrate. See map above. With the Selkirks on the north, the Rockies on the East, the Blue Mountains on the South, and the Cascades on the West. This isolation retarded the rapid influx of agricultural settler, elsewhere often a rather prosaic over-night affair, and instead, forced an unusually long and exciting period of human-interest events involving fiercely resisting Indians, rugged explorers, freedom loving fur traders, missionaries, prospectors, miners, soldiers, cattle and sheep raisers, adventurers, surveyors and railroad builders. All of whom, for six or seven decades, were permitted to operate in a wild romantic land, uncluttered by white population.

Modified from: Spokane Corona, Eras & Empires; by Edmund T. Becher

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