Washington State History
Washington State History is a one-semester course that traces the state's history, geography, government, and economics from the pre-Columbian era through the present. Students examine struggles to control territory in the Pacific Northwest, the conflicts and treaties that pushed Washington's indigenous tribes onto reservations, and the statehood movement. In the 20th century, Washington became a center for agriculture, technology, and aerospace industries. Students learn how Washington's unique location and natural resources have long influenced its economic development, along with the state’s demographic diversity, and evolving interaction between people and the environment.
The course emphasizes the development of historical analysis skills, such as using chronology and periodization, and the interwoven strands of history, geography, government, and economics. Skills and strands are applied in written assignments that guide learners step-by-step through problem-solving activities.