What Was the Rush Bagot Agreement?
Nature of the Agreement
- The Rush Bagot Agreement was a peace proposal put to the Canadian government by President Monroe in 1816, and ratified by the U.S. Senate in 1818.
- The Rush Bagot Agreement established a peaceful border with Canada, but paid particular attention to the areas of the Great Lakes, as they stretch to both countries.
- The main thrust of the Rush Bagot Agreement was to lay out in writing the number of naval forces allowed from each country on the Great Lakes, and what those forces could be.
- Over time, the agreement has been interpreted differently by both countries, though the spirit of the agreement itself has been maintained, as has communication between the U.S. and Canadian governments.
- The agreement has lasted for more than a hundred years, and didn't see its first real blow until September 11, 2001. After that event, the borders all over the U.S. have seen stronger security, and tighter restrictions.