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Auction 105, Lot 131

"Map Showing the line of Boundary between The United States & British Possessions…", U.S. Government

Subject: Canada & United States

Period: 1868 (published)

Publication: Senate Doc. 29, map #2, 40th Congress 2nd Session

Color: Black & White

36 x 28.4 inches
91.4 x 72.1 cm
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In 1846 the Treaty of Washington (Oregon Treaty) contained a clause about the sea boundary following the "middle of the channel" thus leading to a dispute that would not be resolved until 1872. This map shows three proposed boundaries between the U.S. and British Columbia introduced to resolve the dispute. In arbitration Kaiser Wilhelm awarded to the U.S. the boundary it claimed (the western most of the lines). A very detailed and early depiction of the San Juan Islands. A scarce issue, published by John T. Bowen & Co.

References: Hayes #283.

Condition: B

Archivally backed with tissue. Toned along folds.

Estimate: $300 - $400

Sold for: $325

Closed on 12/3/2003