Monday, September 27, 2010

Treaty of Ghent

Proposed by Tsar Alexander I of Russia, who was concerned with Napoleon's army and did not want the British to use all of its strength in America.  Five American peacemakers sent to Ghent, Belgium in 1814.  They were lead by John Q. Adams and Henry Clay.  At first, the British made large demands, which the Americans rejected, but war-weariness & British defeats lead to a willingness to compromise.  Signed December 24, 1814.  Essentially an armistice.  Both sides agreed to stop fighting and restore conquered territory.  War ended as a draw b/c neither were able to gain power over the other.

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