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Daniel Webster was motivated to settle the boundary between Maine and NewBrunswick In 1783 a treaty had been made that awarded the US all land in the areadrained by rivers flowinginto the Atlantic instead of into the St Lawrence However thediction of this treaty was not straightforward and the maps were conflicting In 1842Lord Ashburton was sent by the British as a minister to try and establish all outstandingconflicts Ashburtona adn Webster compromised a boundary The treaty allowedCanada to build a military road from Halifax to Quebec while the United States got mostof the disputed territory Webster agreed to the treaty because he felt that any treatymade would avoid war Appeasing Maine and Massachusets was a problem but Webstersolved it by getting an old map of the area and marked off a line that followed the Britishversion of the boundary made by Franklin at the end of the Revolution He showed themap to Maine and Mass and convinced them to agree because otherwise Britain coulddemand the whole region Websters generosity was admirable and made a lot of sense It caused Lord Ashburton to make concessions in other areas along theCanadian-American border Due to Americas increasing need to British capitol andBritains rising dependancy on foriegn foodstuffs war or even conflicts would haveobstructed essential business affairs and produced no compensating gains This treatywas a major aid in the avoidance of war
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