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Definition: Agreement put
forward by Henry Clay that allowed Missouri to enter the
Union as a slave state and Maine to enter the Union as a
free state. The Compromise also drew an imaginary line at 36
degrees 30 minutes north latitude, dividing the new
Louisiana Territory into two areas, one north and one south.
All of the Louisiana Territory north of this line was free
territory, meaning that any territories that became states
from this area would enable African-Americans to be free.
The Compromise also encouraged people in the north to return
runaway slaves to their homes and did not prohibit slavery,
even in the free territories.
Even more details and background on this historic compromise
An overview of the time in which the Missouri Compromise was
on the Web:
of the Compromise
Find out the details and the backdrop for this important
Soil/Slave Soil Map
Very helpful map showing which states allowed slavery
and which states didn't, along with Spanish Mexico and the
rest of the present-day United States.
of the Missouri
Read for yourself how this Compromise was worded.
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