An Independant Jeffersonian Democracy on the banks of the mighty Columbia
"... I learn with great pleasure the progress you have made towards
an establishment on Columbia river. I view it as the germ of a great, free and independent empire on that side of our continent,
and that liberty and self-government spreading from that..."
~Thomas Jefferson, November 1813,
from a correspondence with John Jacab Astor about Astor's settlement
(Astoria) at the mouth of the Columbia