Lecture: The Webster-Ashburton Treaty and Maine’s Northern Border
The Webster-Ashburton Treaty of 1842 established Maine’s northern boundary. It also established a collaboration between London and Washington to combat the continued international trade of enslaved peoples, which had been outlawed in the United States in 1808. Dr. Paul Buck explores the treaty and its impact on the singular Acadian and Francophone community of the St. John Valley, which found itself split into two countries. He gives historical context as well, commencing with the Maliseet and Mi’kmaq communities of the region, along with Scots-Irish and, by the 1820s, Maine Yankee residents.
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