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28. Lt. Washington Hood. “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...” (Washington, D. C.: 1838). Published in the Supplemental Report [on the Territory of Oregon], February 16, 1839. Mr. Cushing, from the Committee on Foreign Affairs, . . . in relation to the territory of the United States beyond the Rocky Mountains (H. R. No. 101, 25th Congress, 3rd Session). Second issue. Copperplate engraving, black and white as issued. 17 1/4 x 20 1/2" at neat line. 18 3/4 x 23", full sheet. With original booklet containing the Cushing Report. Map is a superb, clean example in fine original condition.

Price: SOLD.

Hood’s important map of 1838 was the first government survey of the fertile and lucrative British territory in the Pacific Northwest. Hood drew the map to illustrate Senator Lewis Fields Linn’s report to the Senate on a bill authorizing the President to occupy Oregon, a plan aimed at protecting American interests in the Northwest. Hood prepared the map under the direction of J. J. Abert of the Topographical Bureau, although the information was based largely on Arrowsmith’s 1834 map of British North America. Hood’s own contribution was the delineation of the northern boundary of Oregon Territory along the forty-ninth parallel of latitude. In addition to Linn’s Senate Report, the map was also used to illustrate the report of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, dated January 4, 1839 (H. R. No. 101, 25th Congress, 3rd Sess.), commonly known as the “Cushing Report” after its author. The map offered here was bound into the Cushing Report. It is a superb early map of the Pacific Northwest, with Lewis and Clark's route shown and much early information about the Native American populations of the Upper Missouri, accompanied by the rare Cushing Report.

Ref: Wheat, Mapping the Transmississippi West, vol. II, pp. 161–162; nos. 433,434.

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