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The Treaty of Paris (1783) at the end of the War for Independence had only vaguely defined the northeastern boundary of the United States. As the population grew in northern Maine, friction developed between rival groups of lumberjacks (see Aroostook War). An effort to resolve the situation had been made in 1831 when the King of the Netherlands sponsored negotiations, but his endeavor was rejected by the Senate.
In 1842, Secretary of State Daniel Webster met with the British Foreign Minister, Alexander Baring, the first Baron Ashburton. The resulting Webster-Ashburton Treaty reached agreement on the following points:
The Webster-Ashburton Treaty was significant in that it furthered the practice of settling troublesome issues through diplomacy.
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