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Lt. William Robert Broughton's 1st command in the Royal Navy was on the brig "Chatham" as part of George Vancouver's northwestern North America expedition. Sent to explore the Columbia river, on 29 October 1792 he named a "very high, snowy mountain ... rising beautifully conspicuous in the midst of an extensive tract of low or moderately elevated land" Mt. Hood after First Naval lord Samuel (1st viscount) Hood. To the native Multnomah people it was known as Wy'est. Tyhee Saghalie (Great Spirit Sahale) and his sons Pahto and Wy'est traveled from the north to settle the area but the sons quarreled. Saghalie divided the land by having 2 arrows shot in opposite directions to mark their claims on both sides of the river and then built Tanmahawis, the Bridge of the Gods, to facilitate family reunions. Then the sons fought over Loowit, a beautiful maiden, and their battle caused the earth to shake and destroy Tanmahawis, creating the Cascades Rapids of the Columbia River Gorge. Enraged, Saghalie slew all 3 of them but then erected 3 volcanoes to mark the spot where each was felled: Wy'est (Mt. Hood), Pahto (Mt. Adams), and Loowit (Mt. St. Helens). (In a euhemerist version, Wy'est was a Chinook-speaking Multnomah chief who struggled against a Shahaptian-speaking Klickitat chief.)
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