In addition to the issue of great lakes military navigation, the British government was also open to negotiations on a number of other contentious issues that had not been resolved by the Treaty of Gant. Several committees have met to settle border disputes along the U.S. border with Britain. One of these commissions allocated several islands off the coast of Maine to New Brunswick. However, negotiators have blocked other parts of the northern borders of Maine and New Hampshire. This issue was resolved only by the Webster-Ashburton Treaty of 1842, which also resolved the border between Canada and northeastern Minnesota. At the time and now, the Rush Bagot agreement was seen as a symbol of peaceful coexistence, a reminder that countries had to agree. After all, the United States and Canada had described the world`s longest undefeated border. Several other separate committees identified other sections of the border that negotiators had drawn using erroneous maps during the Treaty of Paris of 1783. The commissions shared the St. Lawrence and other rivers that connect the Great Lakes to allow the two countries to navigate canals, and handed Wolfe Island to Kingston, Ontario, to the British and to the Greater Island near Detroit in the United States.
British and American negotiators also agreed to make the present Angle Inlet, Minnesota the final point of the 1783 border, and to allow the 1818 convention concluded by Rush and Albert Gallatin to determine the border west of that point. I live in the 24th and L Street NW building, which was once Columbia`s hospital for women. Every day, I see passers-by stop and wonder what a “headstone” does on the lawn. Of course, it is not a tombstone, but a monument that marks the Rush Bagot agreement signed in 1817. What can you tell us about the plate and the contract? — Tom Donahue, Washington The origins of the Rush Bagot Treaty can be attributed to correspondence between the sitting Secretary of State, Richard Rush, and the British Minister in Washington Sir Charles Bagot, which were exchanged and signed on 27 and 28 April 1817.