The Alaskan Boundary Dispute Research Paper by Brianne

The Alaskan Boundary Dispute
A look at some of the issues concerning the Alaskan Panhandle and the arguments from Canada and the United States to gain possession of this territory.
# 148169 | 2,525 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2011 | CA
Published on Sep 15, 2011 in History (U.S. 1900-1930) , Canadian Studies (General)

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This paper discusses how the Alaskan Boundary dispute was a territorial dispute between the United States and Canada and how, at the time of the dispute, Canada was a dominion of the British Empire and its foreign affairs were controlled by the British. The true significance of this dispute was not the mere acquisition of land, but its symbolic representation of the relationship between the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. The paper examines the historical background of the dispute including the importance of the region and the international circumstances of the time. It also examines the proceedings and awards of the tribunal created to solve this dispute.

From the Paper:

"The mainland mountains parallel to the coast mention in the treaty were to be 35 miles from the coast at their summit, but if the summit was more then thirty-five miles from the coast the border was to be drawn thirty-five miles parallel to the winding coast. At the time this treaty was agreed upon the geography of the region was not fully understood, nor was it of great concern as it was main occupied by fur-traders. The traders and prospectors in the Alaskan Panhandle area were able to explore the topography of the region and it became apparent that there existed no well-defined mountain range upon which to base the border. By the time Canada and the United States had taken control of their respective regions, the blurred boundary lines had created two distinct interpretations. The United States sought an unbroken strip of land including ports and inlets, while Canada wanted control of the inlet areas along the jagged coast of the Alaskan Panhandle. This dispute smouldered during the last half of the eighteenth century with little activity, but became a high priority issue when gold was discovered in the Yukon Territory."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Baker, Marcus. "The Alaskan Boundary." Journal of the American Geographical Society of New York 28, no. 2 (1896): 130-145.
  • Garraty, John A., and Henry Cabot Lodge, "Henry Cabot Lodge and the Alaskan Boundary Tribunal," The New England Quarterly 24, no. 4 (1951): 469-494.
  • Gibson, F. W., "The Alaskan Boundary Dispute." Report on the Annual Meeting 24, no. 1 (1945): 25-41.
  • Hyde, Charles Cheney, "Concerning the Alaskan Boundary." Harvard Law Review 16, no. 6 (1903): 418-435.
  • Lansing, Robert, "Questions Settled by the Award of the Alaskan Boundary Tribunal." Bulletin of the American Geographical Society 36, no. 2 (1904): 65-80.

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