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Treaty of Ghent

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Ghent, Treaty of, treaty concluded on Dec. 24, 1814, in Ghent, Belgium, formally ending the War of 1812 between Britain and the United States. Because the war had developed into a military stalemate, the treaty was essentially a return to prewar status. No concession was made over the impressment of former British citizens from U.S. ships, a major U.S. grievance, but the resulting British withdrawal from interference in the affairs of the American Northwest opened the frontier to westward expansion.

See also: War of 1812.

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