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Old 12-22-2016, 04:08 PM   #1
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US/Canadian border, the longest International border in the world

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In 1818, a U.S.-British agreement had established the border between Canada and the U.S. along the 49th parallel. Nowadays, the tension between the two countries is pretty non-existent but before the U.S. Civil War, the battle over who owned what seemed to be a never-ending issue. In 1783, the border was set up on the 45th parallel as the northern border between New York and New Brunswick using the Great Lakes as a divider. As Americans headed west, the Great Lakes could no longer work as the great divide. In 1818, surveyors decided that one long line was the best way to split the countries and created it along the 49th parallel. It isn't something the U.S. was exactly thrilled about but in the end, we got to keep Oregon and Canada got to keep their maple syrup. Source: The World Atlas
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Old 12-22-2016, 04:16 PM   #2
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In 1818, a U.S.-British agreement had established the border between Canada and the U.S. along the 49th parallel. Nowadays, the tension between the two countries is pretty non-existent but before the U.S. Civil War, the battle over who owned what seemed to be a never-ending issue. In 1783, the border was set up on the 45th parallel as the northern border between New York and New Brunswick using the Great Lakes as a divider. As Americans headed west, the Great Lakes could no longer work as the great divide. In 1818, surveyors decided that one long line was the best way to split the countries and created it along the 49th parallel. It isn't something the U.S. was exactly thrilled about but in the end, we got to keep Oregon and Canada got to keep their maple syrup. Source: The World Atlas
Yes they did decide on the 49th but you know Jim there is one spot where the border goes north of that, called the Northwest Angle in MN. Saw in Warroad MN the other day a sign explaining why. We live at 49.005 latitude.

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Old 12-22-2016, 04:24 PM   #3
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And we got to keep Point Roberts, thanks to that line. Someone noticed (I believe a Canadian) and tried to trade it back but we refused. So now if you want to drive to Pt. Roberts you have to leave the US and re-enter- and the Pt. Bob High school kids do this twice a day.
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So now if you want to drive to Pt. Roberts you have to leave the US and re-enter- and the Pt. Bob High school kids do this twice a day.
But, not the one who tried to smuggle marijuana. She went one way.
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Politics certainly played its part in the compromise that resulted in the border between British Columbia and the USA.

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In 1818, a U.S.-British agreement had established the border between Canada and the U.S. along the 49th parallel. Nowadays, the tension between the two countries is pretty non-existent but before the U.S. Civil War, the battle over who owned what seemed to be a never-ending issue. In 1783, the border was set up on the 45th parallel as the northern border between New York and New Brunswick using the Great Lakes as a divider. As Americans headed west, the Great Lakes could no longer work as the great divide. In 1818, surveyors decided that one long line was the best way to split the countries and created it along the 49th parallel. It isn't something the U.S. was exactly thrilled about but in the end, we got to keep Oregon and Canada got to keep their maple syrup. Source: The World Atlas
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This has always been my favourite map of the Canadian / USA border, especially the way it shows BC in proper proportion to the rest of Canada
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Politics certainly played its part in the compromise that resulted in the border between British Columbia and the USA.

Fortunately the compromise wasn't the 49th parallel from Minnesota to the Pacific.

We would have lost some of the Gulf Islands and the bottom of Vancouver Island. OK, you guys got to keep Point Roberts before the boundary jogged South

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It looks like we should have had some of Vancouver Island, too!
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