The Case of the United States Before the Tribunal Convened at London: Under the Provisions of the Treaty Between the United States of America and Great Britain Concluded January 24, 1903 by Alaskan Boundary Tribunal
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The United States and Great Britain entered into a convention at Washington on January 24, 1903, whereby they created a tribunal to consider and decide certain questions as to the delimitation of the boundary line between the Territory of Alaska and the British Possessions in North America, which had been the subject of controversy between the high contracting parties since 1898.
The third and fourth articles of the convention provide as follows:
It is agreed by the high contracting parties that the tribunal shall consider in the settlement of the questions submitted to its decision the Treaties respectively concluded between His Britannic Majesty and the Emperor of All the Russias under date of 28/16 February, A. D. 1825, and between the United States of America and the Emperor of All the Russias concluded under date of March 30/18, A. D. 1867; and particularly the Articles III, IV, V, of the first-mentioned treaty, which in the original text are word for word as follows:
"La ligne de démarcation entre les possessions des hautes parties contractantes sur la côte du continent et les iles de l'Amérique Nord-Ouest, sera tracee ainsi qu'il suit:
"A partir du point le plus méridional de l'lle dite Prince of Wales, lequel point se trouve sous la parallele du 54 degré 40 minutes de latitude Nord, et entre le 131 et 133 degré de longitude Ouest (Meridien de Greenwich), la dite ligne remontera au Nord le long de la passe dite Portland Channel, jusqu'au point de la terre ferme ou elle atteint le 56 degré latitude Nord; de ce dernier point la ligne de démarcation suivra la crete des montagnes situées parallelement; a la cote, jusqu'au point d'intersection du 131 degré de longitude Ouest (meme Meridien). et finalement, du dit point d'intersection, la même ligne méridienne du 141 degré formera, dans son prolongement jusqu'à la Mer Glaciale, la limite entre les possessions russes et britanniques sur le continent de l'Amérique Nord-Ouest."
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