"The Main Question"

This political cartoon satirizes the rising tensions over the boundary dispute between the United States and Canada which became the Aroostook War. It was prompted by a fight over the rich timber territory at the Maine-New Brunswick border. Martin Van Buren is on an ox with the head of Maine Governor John Fairfield confronting Queen Victoria riding the Duke of Wellington as a dog. Congressman Henry A. Wise tries to pull the ox by the tail to get it away from the dispute.

Date:
1839
Original Format:
Cartoon
Item#:
8.062
Height:
1785px
Width:
2826px
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