Auction 134, Lot 138

"Extract from a Map of the British and French Dominions in North America by Jno. Mitchell", U.S. Government

Subject: Canada & Maine

Period: 1843 (circa)


Color: Black & White

13 x 13.3 inches
33 x 33.8 cm

This map shows the region that was disputed between the United States and Canada prior to the border being established with the Webster-Ashburton Treaty of 1842. This is a copy of a section of John Mitchell's famous map that was used during the 1783 Treaty of Paris. That treaty did not clearly determine the boundary leaving a contested area of the Saint John River valley and its tributaries. In 1838-39 a confrontation, known as the Arroostook War, broke out between the United States and Great Britain. The dispute resulted in a mutually accepted border between the state of Maine and the provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec. The final treaty gave Maine most of the disputed area, and gave the British a militarily vital connection between Quebec and Nova Scotia by way of the Halifax Road. This map was issued in a government report on the conflict.


Condition: B+

Issued folded, now flattened with a few minor creases.

Estimate: $110 - $150

Sold for: $180

Closed on 12/1/2010