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Fort Astoria boasts of having a very rich history dating back to the early 1800s. It was initially built in 1811 to serve as a venue for fur trading for the Pacific Fur Company. It was also the first American-owned settlement that is on the Pacific coast, even though the British got to acquire it later on.

Also called Fort George for a time, Fort Astoria operated with a notable corporate hierarchy. Employees vary in background and race. It became the venue for various colorful events, including a story involving the Two-spirit woman, Kauxuma Nupika.

Fort Astoria is now run as a small park in the intersection of the Exchange and 15th streets in Astoria, Oregon. It is a declared National Historic Landmark as of 1961.
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