Thursday, September 4, 2014

Guarding the border. For 175 years!

The Blockhouse, Fort Kent, Maine 2014
Photo: Julia Bayly, Bangor Daily News
 The 1793 Treaty of Paris between England and the United States was vague about the northern border of Maine.  Nobody really paid much attention to that border until after Maine became a State;  separated from Massachusetts in 1820 and wanting citizens to move to the "great unknown" of northern Maine.
  Then began a "push and shove" between the two Countries and resulted in the Aroostook War.  That war was bloodless but it did settle the matter with the Webster-Ashburton Treaty.  In the end neither party got what it wanted and the border of the Crown of Maine was kind of a split between the two.
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A photo from the late 1800's
Photo: Fort Kent Historical Society

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