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How was the dispute over Oregon settled?

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divinebeauty | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 20, 2013 at 7:05 AM via web

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How was the dispute over Oregon settled?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 20, 2013 at 2:23 PM (Answer #1)

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The dispute over the control of Oregon was one that pitted the Americans against the British.  The two countries had jointly occupied what was then called the Oregon Country since the Treaty of 1818.  That treaty had set boundaries between the US and what is now Canada, but had not settled the issue of who would control Oregon. 

By the 1840s, more Americans were coming into the territory and the US wanted the area for itself.  While there was some degree of desire to fight the British on the part of some Americans, neither the British nor the American governments had any real desire to fight.  Therefore, the two countries entered negotiations on the issue.  What they finally agreed upon was that the border should follow the 49th parallel with the exception of Vancouver Island.  All of that island was to belong to Britain.

So, the dispute over the Oregon Country was settled in 1846 by the peaceful negotiation of a treaty between the US and Britain.

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