A Good and Wise Measure: The Search for the by Francis M. Carroll

By Francis M. Carroll

In this special and interesting e-book, Francis Carroll tells the tale of the makes an attempt to settle the unique boundary among Canada and the USA from the Atlantic coast to the center of the continent.

Established via the Treaty of Paris in 1783, it quickly turned transparent that ambiguities and blunders within the treaty introduced confusion and contention within the boundary borderland from New Brunswick and Maine to the St. Lawrence River, in the course of the nice Lakes and from Lake enhanced to Lake of the Woods, within the center of the continent. This borderland, gradually filling with humans of competing pursuits - Loyalists and Yankees, fur investors and infantrymen, Europeans and primary international locations peoples - turned the focal point of the main situation in Anglo-Canadian-American family for nearly sixty years.

Drawing on vast examine and using manuscript fabrics by no means delivered to undergo at the topic ahead of, the quest for Boundary is the 1st paintings to completely clarify the efforts of the various Boundary Commissions and the failed arbitration of the King of Netherlands - all significant overseas makes an attempt to settle the boundary. The publication additionally presents a clean interpretation of the relevance the turbulent decade of the 1830s had in contributing to the feel of urgency that eventually allowed for negotiation of an inexpensive compromise cost of the boundary within the Webster-Ashburton Treaty of 1842 -- "A stable and clever measure," as Lord Ashburton referred to as it. packed with the politics and intrigues of the time, Carroll brings to existence a extraordinary time within the diplomatic and political background of either Canada and the United States.

Winner of the Dafoe publication Prize, offered by way of the J.W. Dafoe Foundation

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38 The Americans sent five peace commissioners to represent them. John Quincy Adams, son of former President John Adams, was the nominal leader. S. Senate from Massachusetts. Adams was irritable and difficult, but he was able and determined as well. 39 Albert Gallatin emerged as the facilitator in the delegation. A brilliant Swiss-born emigre to the United States, Gallatin had enjoyed a remarkable political career as a Jeffersonian and specifically as secretary of the treasury. He too remained linked to the boundary question as a diplomat, negotiating with the British in 1818 and 1827 and preparing the arguments for the arbitration of King William I of the Netherlands in 1830.

In short, he told Liverpool that while British forces in America had not done badly, the state of the military situation was not such that Britain could demand territory on the basis of uti possidetis. Even the occupation of eastern Maine was not militarily secure enough to be confidently held. 59 The historian Bradford Perkins has suggested that the original British demands may have been a 'probe-and-delay strategy' that the government was not willing to pursue if the Americans resisted. 60 Gradually the British commissioners drew back from their first extraordinary demands.

Jurisdiction. Eventually, a boundary was negotiated in Paris that combined historic borders and what were hoped were workable natural frontiers. In the relatively settled east, the old colonies of Massachusetts, Nova Scotia, Quebec, and New York had had their boundaries described for over a hundred years. Elements of those historic boundaries were made part of the 1783 treaty. In the west, the main channels of the water courses of the Great Lakes and their connecting rivers as far as the Lake of the Woods and then west, as it was believed, to the Mississippi were thought to provide natural frontiers.

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