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Esquimalt Harbor, from summit of "Mill Mountain" ... 1857 - 1862

Esquimalt Harbor, from summit of "Mill Mountain" near head of bay showing Active'sand Satellite's anchorage. In the distance Smiths' or Blunts' Island and entrance to Haro and Rosario Straits, 1857 - 1862, James Madison Alden, Artist, (National Archives Identifier: 305489); Landscape Views of the Area Along the Northwest Boundary, 1857 - 1862; Department of State. U.S. Commissioner. Commission Established under Terms of an Act of Congress of August 11, 1856, as Agreed to by Great Britain. (1856 - 05/07/1869); Records of Boundary and Claims Commissions and Arbitrations, 1716 - 1979; Record Group 76; National Archives.

This landscape is one of a series of watercolors of the northwest boundary between the Rocky Mountains and Point Roberts, commissioned on the basis of an Act of Congress from August 11, 1856. The sketches were created by James W. Alden who accompanied the survey party that, during the 1860s and in compliance with the Treaty of 1846, was responsible for recording characteristics of the northwestern boundary of the United States. More Alden Landscape Sketches in the Catalog...
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