Exhausted by the War of 1812, the Treaty of Ghent Was Signed.

by Daniel Russ on June 11, 2019

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When you look at the negotiations for the Treaty of Ghent, it becomes abundantly clear that there was little taste for more expensive warfare in the new world. Britain certainly wanted to stop American expansion. That said the notion that the Brits should keep Canada was basically ignored by the colonies they would recognize British Sovereignty in the new world but would not end forays into Canada. It was only the Indians who eventually kept the borders between the two countries defined.


Britain wanted other concessions they would not get. They wanted the colonies out of the great lakes, and the wanted unfettered access to the Mississippi.


The fact of the matter is that war ended trade between the two countries that was lucrative and productive for both.


Also, since Napoleon was stopped warring and was losing power, it was no longer necessary to preclude trade between the US and France. The taste for war had so dissipated that the treaty restored pretty much all the lands and assets seized back to the owners. All prisoners were released as well. Even Spanish territory in Florida taken by either side during the War of 1812 was returned.


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