This question is focused west of the Rockies, I didn't know where else to ask, so sorry if it's in the wrong section. During the period after Lewis and Clarks trip down the Columbia and before the Oregon Trail migrations of the 1840s, there were instances of trappers, sailors, and employees of the HBC or NWC having children in the Oregon Country, usually with local indigenous women they'd married. I'd like to know a bit more about how, prior to the 1840s, these couples would have raised and educated their locally born children. Judging from my own family history, it seems there were at least a few of these mixed couples who chose to raise their kids locally. But when I was reading about Ranald MacDonald (the half-Scot, half-Chinook who later became a pioneering English teacher in Japan), one source said he was sent as a kid from Oregon to the Red River Colony to be educated. I know the 1830s brought several missionary parties who would have been able to provide Euro-American style education in the Oregon Country. Not sure about kids being educated like that earlier though... If anyone can share primary or secondary sources, or any info at all, that gives an idea of how kids born in the Oregon Country (who weren't full blood indigenous) were raised before the 1840s, I'd be very interested to hear it.