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Aroostook War The Aroostook War, named after the Aroostook River Valley in which it took place, was a small-scale clash between Canadian and American lumberjacks in disputed territory between Canada and Maine. This conflict was the result of the British, who controlled Canada, wanting to build a supply road from the port city of Halifax to Quebec, in order to better protect Quebec. Manifest Destiny Manifest Destiny was the idea that God had given America his sanction to spread liberty throughout the whole western hemisphere, and lay claim to all the lands there. This intoxicating thought gave a holy excuse for America’s imperialistic tendencies, and expansionists used the ideal to further their goals of expanding into the Oregon Territory and annexing Texas. Conflicts over Texas, Maine, Oregon: Texas Maine: The sinking of the Caroline ; American ship preemptively destroyed by Canadian British – ship was carrying arms, supplies, and volunteers over Niagara in an attempt to fuel a Canadian secession movement in the area around Maine The British wanted to build a road through disputed territory claimed by Maine and Britain as a supply route from the port city of Halifax to Quebec. Because the road would run through disputed territory, belligerents from Canada and Maine engaged themselves in a conflict now known as the Aroostook War. The conflict was settled when nonprofessional diplomat from Britain Lord Ashburton and American secretary of state Daniel Webster negotiated a treaty.
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