This plaque commemorating the lasting friendship between United States and Canada following the Webster-Ashburton treaty and be found on the east side of the Treasury Building. As a result of this treaty the United States and Canada were able to peacefully come to an agreement on the boarder between Maine and New Brunswick. Had this treaty not been successful, both sides had already organized small bands of soldiers and could of started a potential war between the two. Instead of marking a war, the successful peace negotiated between the two nations stands an example of lasting friendship between these newly formed North American nations.


  • Commemorative plaque
    Commemorative plaque
  • Map showing the disputed borders and the one settled in the treaty
    Map showing the disputed borders and the one settled in the treaty
  • Another map of the disputed borders
    Another map of the disputed borders
  • US Secretary of State Daniel Webster, circa 1841
    US Secretary of State Daniel Webster, circa 1841
  • Portrait of Alexander Baring, 1st Baron of Ashburton
    Portrait of Alexander Baring, 1st Baron of Ashburton

The Aroostook War between Canada and the United States took place in 1838. The two countries expanding and marking their boarders came to conflict over how the land should be settled. Canada's New Brunswick and the United States Maine claimed many lands in the same area. Canada, still at this time a British colony, required that New Brunswick be maintained because of the necessity to have an easy connection to Great Britain. While Maine having control of most of the area and land wanted to control the full peninsula.
As a result of the disputes over land claims, small military forces started to be sent to the area encase of a war. Negotiations began soon after. The representative from the United States was the Secretary of State, Daniel Webster. On the British side of the negotiations was Baron Ashburton. They were able to quickly come to an agreement realizing the goals of both sides.

Contrary to the name, this is more of a diplomatic affair than a military affair. Militia forces for both countries were called and standing by, but no actually battles took place and no soldiers died in any confrontations. The final agreement gave most of the land to Maine, but allowed Canada to keep access to the Atlantic Ocean through the area, and allowed for a train system to be built through Maine for fast travel to the area. As a result both sides were greatly satisfied with the outcome. In 1929 the Kiwanis Club in Washington D.C. commemorated a plaque in honor of the treaty as a sign of good relations and lasting friendship between the United States and Canada. 

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