OREGON TERRITORY. Parker. 1846.
Map of Oregon Territory By Samuel Parker. 1838. Copy right secured.
Below bottom neat line: Eng’d. by M.M. Peabody, Utica, N.Y.
14"h by 23"w. Tape on short tear at stub.
Bound in Samuel Parker, Journal of an Exploring Tour beyond the Rocky Mountains … with a Map of Oregon Territory. 5th. ed. Auburn, New York: J. C. Derby & Co., 1846. 7 1/2"h x 4 1/2"w. 422 pages plus 6 p. advertising. Brown embossed cloth. Contents foxed.
The map extends from 39 degrees to 56 degrees North Latitude and from the Pacific Ocean east to Council Bluffs. This map is recognized as the earliest to show the interior of Oregon accurately. The map provides an excellent view of the river systems and tribal territory. Wheat states this map "represented a real advance, and was made from personal observation",
Samuel Parker (1779-1866) was a missionary who accompanied a fur-trading party on an expedition from Council Bluffs, Iowa to the Oregon Territory in 1835-1837. Parker's map is based on both personal observation and reports of the fur-traders of the Hudson Bay Company. During the winter of 1835 to 1836, Parker was a guest at the Hudson Bay Company’s fur trade outpost on the Columbia River, Fort Vancouver. At this time the Oregon Territory was little known except to the fur traders. The A.B.C.F.M., mentioned in the title, was the American Board of Commissions for Foreign Missions. At the time of this map (1838) the Oregon Territory was claimed by Great Britain.
Howes, USIana, P89;
Wagner-Camp, The Plains & the Rockies, 70:5.
Wheat, Transmississippi West, 446, and illustrated after page 166;
The map bound in the book.