Aroostook War

Perhaps the most obscure American conflict, the Aroostook War for a few years seemed likely to spark a third war between Great Britain and the United States.

The treaty of Paris ending the Revolutionary War had not clarified the boundary line between Maine, then part of Massachusetts, and Canada.  The contested area involved approximately 12,000 square miles in the Saint John’s river valley and its tributaries.  After Maine was admitted to the Union in 1820, tensions grew between Maine and the province of New Brunswick over the disputed territory.  In 1831-32, Great Britain and the US entered into a tentative resolution, simply stating that territory controlled by Maine and territory controlled by New Brunswick would remain under their separate jurisdiction and that neither would claim sovereignty over disputed areas. (more…)

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