The Conflict Over the Boundary Between Michigan and Ohio 1787-1837
Wahr, Donald Joseph
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The boundary between Michigan and Ohio has been contested since the early years of the American republic. Today's dispute is being fought in Federal court over mineral rights in Lake Erie. In 1835 the fighting took place around Toledo by state and territorial militia. The events which climaxed in 1835 suggest several questions. Why was there a dispute? What shaped the settlement? Was the settlement fair? Various answers have been proposed but the facts suggest the following interpretation. Two factors caused the dispute: Congressional inaction and the economic potential of Toledo. Three factors influenced the settlement: Lack of competent Congressional action, action of the participants which affected the nation, and President Jackson's actions. The validity of the settlement cannot be determined by examining cases presented by either party. The events are significant only when judged by their effects on the nation. From that viewpoint the facts suggest that the settlement was fair. These conclusions are unusual but are convincingly supported by the facts.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email email@example.com to request access to this SIP.