|Summary Of Treaty Of Ghent
The Treaty of Ghent was signed on Christmas Eve between Britain and America signaling the end of the two-year war from 1812 to 1814. The treaty was signed in Ghent, Belgium on 24 December 1814. While numerous American representatives were in favor of negotiating peace deals with Britain even before the war started, the war was declared by the American on the British, making both sides lose in terms of property and lives. The Treaty did not result in any one particular country winning or losing over the other.
The reason behind the America-Britain War was numerous. Although America managed to win over Britain and declare itself independent, the British were in no mood to recognize or treat America as a free nation. Britain continued to order for its supplies for wars and battles against Napoleon Bonaparte from the Americans. This resulted in America declaring a war against Britain on 1812.
After two years of constant fighting, both the nations agreed to end the war in a peaceful manner and chose Ghent, Belgium as a neutral place for signing the treaty. According to the treaty, America and Britain would get back their respective lands that were captured during the battle. America would also get back its slaves who were captured by Britain. Prisoners of wars were also returned back to their respective nations. America was represented by Henry Clay, John Quincy Adams, James A. Bayard, Albert Gallatin and Jonathan Russell.
The papers were officially ratified by the two countries on February 17, 1815. On February 18 of 1815, the treaty was officially proclaimed.
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