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Peter Skene Ogden was born in 1794, he was an experienced trapper of the North West Fur Company. He explored many parts of the West. Between 1824 and 1830 he led four expeditions to Snake County and beyond. He explored and trapped in the territory that is now Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Idaho and Montana. In 1831 he was sent to Nass River in British Columbia to establish a fort on the River. In 1834 he was promoted to chief factor and in 1835 he was given command of the New Caledonia district. He was also greatly remembered for when he negotiated the release of 47 people the Cayuse Indians took prisoner when they attacked the Whitman Mission in 1847.