Tuesday, June 15, 2010

On June 15

On this day in ...
... 1846, U.S. Secretary of State James Buchanan (who would become U.S. President a decade later) and British envoy Richard Pakenham concluded the Oregon Treaty, which established the U.S.-Canada boundary at the 49th parallel. Dispute ensued regarding the pact's treatment of islands off the West Coast. As a result, on this same day in 1859, the killing by an American of a British pig touched off a Pig War on San Juan Island. (map credit) Joint occupation of the island thus followed, until the United States obtained undisputed possession in 1872.

(Prior June 15 posts are here, here, and here.)

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