Petition Calls For U.S. To Give Northwest Angle To Canada

There’s a call for the U.S. government to adjust the border near Manitoba to give Canada the geographic oddity known as the Northwest Angle. For the 120 people who live there, it is a jetty of Minnesota sandwiched between Manitoba and northwestern Ontario and is the only place in the U.S. outside Alaska that is north of the 49th parallel. Launched in September 2011, We the People is a section of the White House website for petitions such as this. The international boundary that takes in the Northwest Angle was made shortly after the Treaty of Paris in 1783 between the U.S. and Britain and was based on an error of the Mississipi River’s source. The thumb of land is isolated from the rest of the U.S., linked by land to the eastern edge of Manitoba In those months when Lake of the Woods is free of ice, Angle residents must reach the mainland U.S. directly by boat. So maybe no surprise they want to join Canada.

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