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John Q. Adams
Ambassador John Quincy Adams Informs Secretary of State James Monroe That Great Britain Has Approved American Use of Gibraltar by the Naval Squadron Watching Over the Barbary States A sign of thawing diplomatic relations between the two countries after the War of 1812, approved by the Prince Regent, the future King George IV, himself. A sign of thawing diplomatic relations between the two countries after the War of 1812, approved by the Prince Regent, the future King George IV, himself.
21/11/1815. A very uncommon letter from one future president to anotherOn December 24, 1814, the United States and Great Britain signed the Treaty of Ghent, ending the War of 1812.  The key American negotiators had been Henry Clay, Albert Gallatin, and John Quincy Adams.  Adams had been the Ambassador to Russia and was recalled for the purpose of this negotiation. But after the Treaty was signed, he did not return to Russia, but instead went to London to serve as Ambassador to America's former wartime rival, a post he held until 1817.  His task was a delicate one that required an adept diplomatic hand, mending relationships with a country with which America had been at war twice in recent history.  Both sides felt an interest in ending this period of hostility.  England continued to face down the Napoleonic threat, and America was weary of war and foreign entanglements.The Barbary States, a group of several North African countries, had preyed on American and European vessels for years, which the victims considered nothing more than piracy. This aggression had led to the First Barbary War from 1801 and 1805, after which the Barbary States left off this piracy.  The War of 1812 had given these states a chance to resume their pillage and ransom activities.  But with the war now behind them, the Americans could once again turn to confronting the Barbary States.  On March 3, 1815, Congress authorized the use of naval power against Algiers.  As a show of friendship, Britain allowed American vessels to use Gibraltar as a point of debarkation to attack North Africa.  This Stephen … [Click Below for Full Description]
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