Treaty of Ghent

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American victories at Plattsburg and Fort McHenry influenced the British to take the ongoing peace talks at Ghent, Belgium, more seriously. Napoleon had been defeated, but Britain was financially depleted. The American peace commission included Albert Gallatin, Henry Clay and John Quincy Adams. The resulting peace agreement, which basically restored prewar conditions, included the following provisions:

What was most significant about the treaty was the lack of mention of such items as impressment and neutral rights. The United States was strong enough to defeat Britain in what has been called a "second American Revolution," but was not powerful enough to force more favorable terms at the peace table.

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Quotes regarding Treaty of Ghent.

By John Quincy Adams
Nothing was adjusted, nothing was settled.

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