Where was the slave trade banned as part of the Compromise of 1850?  

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The Compromise of 1850 was an important compromise. The country was dividing along sectional lines, especially over slavery. This compromise attempted to resolve some of the issues that existed at that time.

The Compromise of 1850 allowed California to enter the Union as a free state. The state constitution of California required California to be a free state. This provision benefitted the North. The Compromise of 1850 took the territory we got from Mexico and organized it into the New Mexico and Utah territories. The people of these territories would decide the slavery question. This benefitted the South as some of these areas were north of the 36°30’ line that was used to divide possible slave territory from the non-slave territory. It is possible this line would have been used in these territories.

The Compromise of 1850 banned the trading of slaves in Washington, D.C. This was good for the North. The compromise also required northerners to help capture runaway slaves. This was required by the Fugitive Slave Act and benefitted the South.

The Compromise of 1850 was designed to partially satisfy both the North and South. It did ban the trading of slaves in our nation’s capital.

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