Robert Gray

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Who: A sea captain during the American Revolution
Why: On May, 10, 1792, Gray cleared the entrance into Gray's Harbor. The next morning his crew continued south into a river that would later be named the Columbia River after his ship, The Columbia Redivivia.
Background: In the mid 1780's, Gray was seeking a job and heard about James Cook's crew. James Cook's crew sold sea otter pelts from the pacific northwest to China for a large profit. With the support of New England investors, Gray set sail in 1787 for the Pacific Northwest. After settling in Adventure Cove, Gray headed out in search of sea otters. It was then that he came upon Gray's Harbor.

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