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Learning Outside the Box
7/25/2017 08:12:07 pm
Students of American history may remember, from the distant reaches of their memories, the "Fifty-four forty or fight!" slogan, which was from James Polk's 1844 presidential campaign. Prior to 1846, the U.S. and Great Britain both claimed the Oregon Territory, which by treaty with Russia (1825) extended to the 54°40' parallel. Despite the slogan, though, Polk had his eyes on Texas and Mexico, rather than Canada, and was satisfied to accept Britain's offer to split the difference at 49°, which is the border between Washington State and Canada to this day.
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