The Rush-Bagot Treaty that demilitarized the Great Lakes is 200 years old today
Exactly two hundred years ago, on April 28, 1817, Acting United States Secretary of State Richard Rush and the British Minister to Washington Sir Charles Bagot exchanged and signed letters that became the Rush-Bagot treaty, which demilitarized the Great Lakes. The treaty provided for a large demilitarization of lakes along the international boundary, where many British naval arrangements and forts remained.
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