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The History of English People in Oklahoma

The English Cattle Ranch and Land Company sent British immigrants to run and work on ranches they established on leased Indian reservation land in the 1880s. A number of English natives and their descendants took part in the land runs.
BY DAVID CHRISTOPHER
Staff Writer
Modified: June 28, 2010 at 10:53 am •  Published: June 28, 2010
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During the 19th century, most of the English in Indian Territory were either missionaries, U.S Army troops stationed in forts, or mixed-blood Indians.

In the 1870s, the Choctaw Nation’s mines recruited many English immigrants, alongside Scottish and Welsh miners.

The English Cattle Ranch and Land Company sent British immigrants to run and work on ranches they established on leased Indian reservation land in the 1880s.

A number of English natives and their descendants took part in the land runs.

English immigrants tended to assimilate into the prevailing culture in Oklahoma and did not tend to live in close ethnic communities.

By the end of the century, many English had moved to work in less dangerous mines or into management or union leadership roles.

There were 520 English natives living in the Choctaw Nation, according to the 1900 U.S. Census. That was out of a total of 779 in the whole of Indian Territory.

Before America entered World War II, two of the six secret training bases for British RAF pilots on American soil were in Oklahoma. English Oklahoma Know It Cultural Awareness Oklahoma Know It

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