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Treaty of Ghent

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Northwest Territory
Henry Clay
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Definition: Treaty that officially ended the War of 1812. Negotiators for America included John Quincy Adams and Henry Clay. Great Britain agreed to give up claims to the Northwest Territory, and both countries promised to work toward ending the slave trade. The treaty was signed in Ghent, Belgium, on December 24, 1814. However, the slowness of communications prevented word of peace getting to the armies in and around New Orleans. American forces under Andrew Jackson won the Battle of New Orleans anyway.

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