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

By Francis M. Carroll

In this distinct and engaging booklet, Francis Carroll tells the tale of the makes an attempt to settle the unique boundary among Canada and the us from the Atlantic coast to the center of the continent.

Established through the Treaty of Paris in 1783, it quickly grew to become transparent that ambiguities and mistakes within the treaty introduced confusion and competition within the boundary borderland from New Brunswick and Maine to the St. Lawrence River, throughout the nice Lakes and from Lake improved 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 squaddies, Europeans and primary international locations peoples - turned the point of interest of the most important main issue in Anglo-Canadian-American kinfolk for nearly sixty years.

Drawing on huge learn and using manuscript fabrics by no means delivered to endure at the topic sooner than, the hunt for Boundary is the 1st paintings to entirely clarify the efforts of the various Boundary Commissions and the failed arbitration of the King of Netherlands - all significant foreign makes an attempt to settle the boundary. The publication additionally offers 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 payment of the boundary within the Webster-Ashburton Treaty of 1842 -- "A reliable and clever measure," as Lord Ashburton referred to as it. jam-packed with the politics and intrigues of the time, Carroll brings to lifestyles a awesome time within the diplomatic and political historical past of either Canada and the United States.

Winner of the Dafoe booklet Prize, provided by way of the J.W. Dafoe Foundation

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During this targeted and engaging ebook, Francis Carroll tells the tale of the makes an attempt to settle the unique boundary among Canada and the us from the Atlantic coast to the center of the continent. tested through 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.

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The American claim to the Magaguadavic would have cost the province both St Andrews and Fredericton. ' 18 A Good and Wise Measure Boundary first claimed by Howell Boundary later claimed by Howell Boundary claimed by Benson Boundary claimed by Barclay Boundary decided by the commission Map 3. 29 While James Sullivan was not delighted with all the proceedings of the commission, he did nevertheless comment to Ward Chipman midway through their work, 'Why shall not all the nations on earth determine Introduction: Working out a Method, 1783-1814 19 their disputes in this mode, rather than choke the rivers with their carcasses, and stain the soil of continents with their slain?

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.

64 And so it was. The Treaty of Ghent, ending the War of 1812, was signed and sealed the next day, on the afternoon of Christmas Eve 1814. It is often remarked that the document avoided mention of the issues that brought on the war and that in effect it settled nothing. This judgment, however, is too simplistic. British North America - Canada - was secured, and no American soldier ever invaded it again. Many people, including Henry Goulburn, would not in 1814 have believed that possible. For the Americans, their nation was saved with no loss of territory.

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