The Whitman Massacre Trial: A Clash of Cultures

The attack on Whitman

One hundred and fifty years ago the mission established by Marcus and Narcissa Whitman near present-day Walla Walla, Washington was a way station for overland immigrants to Oregon. An outbreak of measles in 1847 ravaged the Cayuse tribe which lived near the mission. Although Doctor Whitman gave medicines to the Indians the number of fatalities among the tribe continued to grow. On November 29, 1847 the mission was attacked by the Cayuse and Doctor Whitman, his wife Narcissa, and twelve other whites were killed.



An indictment is issued

The trial proceeds

A verdict is reached

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