United States History Question of the Day

©Greg Feldmeth 2013

Oregon Territory

British Foreign Minister Lord Aberdeen called Oregon
"a few miles of pine swamp"
(Source: Smithsonian Education)

Question 131469:

Which of the following is not correct about the 1840s dispute over the Oregon Territory?

(A) the boundary was finally set at the 49th parallel
(B) expansionists called for "54 40 or Fight," demanding all of the disputed territory for the U.S.
(C) President Polk hoped that the threat of hostilities might make Great Britain agree to a compromise
(D) British critics complained about "that ill-regulated, overbearing, and aggressive spirit of American democracy"
(E) the Senate, fearing war with Great Britain, refused to approve a treaty

Answer & Explanation

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