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Auction 156, Lot 238

"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 [with report]", Albert/Hood

Subject: Northwestern United States

Period: 1838 (dated)

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

Color: Black & White

20.4 x 17.4 inches
51.8 x 44.2 cm

This map was issued in 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 on the map are the locations of the various trading posts or forts connected with the American and British northwestern fur trade. It 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. Accompanied by the 78-page disbound report.

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

Condition: A

A very nice example on a clean sheet with faint offsetting, otherwise fine. Disbound text has separated into three parts. Issued folding.

Estimate: $800 - $1,000

Sold for: $550

Closed on 2/17/2016