Quick answer
"Sought" is a form of "seek", a transitive verb which is often translated as "buscar". "Oregon" is a proper noun which is often translated as "Oregón". Learn more about the difference between "Oregon" and "sought" below.
A proper noun refers to the name of a person, place, or thing.
proper noun
1. (U.S. state)
a. Oregón
I think you're mistaken: Salem, not Portland, is the capital city of Oregon.Creo que estás equivocada: la capital de Oregón no es Portland sino Salem.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to look for)
a. buscar
The prime minister sent envoys to seek allies.El primer ministro envió emisarios a buscar aliados.
2. (to ask for)
a. pedir
It is not too late to seek help.No es demasiado tarde para pedir ayuda.
3. (to try)
a. intentar
Napoleon sought to conquer all of Europe.Napoleón intentaba conquistar toda Europa.
b. tratar
They are seeking to prevent the spread of the disease.Están tratando de impedir que se extienda la epidemia.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to search; used with "for")
a. buscar
I feel as if I've been seeking for you all my life.Siento que te he estado buscando toda la vida.
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