THIS DATE IN his­tory

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON -

June 15

In 1846, the United States and Bri­tain signed the Ore­gon Bound­ary Treaty, declar­ing the 49th par­al­lel to be the Canada-U.S. bound­ary from the crest of the Rock­ies to the mid­dle of the chan­nel be­tween Vancouver Is­land and the main­land. The Amer­i­cans had de­cided their man­i­fest des­tiny de­manded that the 49th par­al­lel be the bor­der. The Bri­tish wanted it to go far­ther south, based on the Hud­son Bay Com­pany’s long his­tory in the area, but their po­si­tion weak­ened as the Ore­gon Trail brought an in­flux of Amer­i­can set­tlers into the dis­puted re­gion.

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