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An autonomous government was formed in Oregon Country in 1843 by traders, explorers, and settlers. In 1848, the U. S. gained control of the region and created the Oregon Territory, and then in 1859 Oregon became the 33rd state to join the Union.

There are a total of 36 counties in Oregon. In the Oregon Country, there were a total of four districts that were created by the Provisional Legislature of Oregon, which survive today as counties. The four original counties are: Clackamas, Marion, Washington, and Yamhill counties. The Provisional Government of Oregon served the Oregon Country during a time when no country had sovereignty over the region. The Oregon Trail brought many new settlers to the region in 1842-1843.

In Willamette Valley, which is currently the most populated region in the state, George LeBreton was the recorder in 1841. He was re-elected in 1843 and served until his death in 1844. The Willamette Valley contains all or part of 11 different counties.