Auction 140, Lot 196

"Map of the United States Territory of Oregon West of the Rocky Mountains Exhibiting the Various Trading Depots or Forts occupied by the British Hudson Bay Company Connected with the Western and Northwestern Fur Trade", Albert/Hood

Subject: Northwestern United States

Period: 1838 (dated)

Publication: Report of the Senate Select Committee on the Occupation of the Oregon Country

Color: Hand Color

20.3 x 17.4 inches
51.6 x 44.2 cm

This map accompanied an important report intended to awaken public interest in the American occupation of Oregon Territory in the controversy with Great Britain, who also claimed the territory south to the Columbia River. Among the many interesting details are the locations of the various trading posts or forts connected with the American and British northwestern fur trade. The map covers present day Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. The region east of the Rocky Mountains is named Mandan District. It also shows much of southwestern Canada. The map was copied from John Arrowsmith's 1832 map of British North America. At lower left is the wording of an ultimatum given to the British by Henry Clay, Secretary of State, stating that the 49th parallel will be the boundary. Engraved by M.H. Stansbury.

References: Claussen & Friis #221; Hayes #197; Wheat (TMW) #434.

Condition: B+

Clean paper with a bright impression. Issued folding with some light scattered damp staining.

Estimate: $500 - $600

Sold for: $850

Closed on 5/23/2012