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Q: "What's the Point Bob?"
A: "It's an exclave, silly!"
Point Roberts is a tiny fragment of the 'contiguous' 48 states that is no more contiguous than Hawaii or Alaska, although it is part of Washington state in the same way and for the same reasons as the San Juan Islands are. Point Roberts is a consequence of the Oregon Treaty, signed by Britain and the USA on this day 15 June 1846. Before then, the Pacific Coast was a distant and sparsely inhabited region of interest primarily to the Tlingit and Chinook and other First Nations who impressed each other with totem-poles [R] and potlatches. Mexico extended Northwards and incorporated all of California and Alaska was still under Russian jurisdiction until purchased for $7.2million by US Secretary of State William Seward in 1867. The bit between was known to the Yankees as Oregon Territory while the Brits called it Columbia District - not to be confused with the District of Columbia in the other Washington. It was unclear who had sovereignty because the 1818 Treaty between UK and USA had established the 49th parallel of latitude as the border between The Lake of The Woods, where Ontario, Manitoba and Minnesota meet, and the "Stony Mountains" far to the West. On rather frankly Scarlett grounds the land beyond the Rockies was set up as a condomium/free-for-all for ten years. A lot happened between 1818 and 1846 and American settlers, traders, trappers and hunters were coming out West in increasing numbers. There was a fair bit of chest-thumping bluster under the slogan Fifty-four Forty or Fight which would give the US the whole disputed territory up to the Russian zone to the Republic. Cooler heads in Washington DC had another war - against Mexico - on their hands and didn't have the bottle to take on the Brits (again!) as well.
Bob Island, which is to say: not very.
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