An American petition is calling on the U.S. government to merge part of the Northwest Angle with the Province of Manitoba. The small piece of land – which is home to roughly 120 people – is located between the Manitoba and Ontario border, but is currently part of Minnesota.

The petition states that the negotiators of the initial Canada and U.S. border ‘misunderstood’ the geography of the area. Currently, residents must pass through two Canada - U.S. borders to access the area by land. The U.S. mainland can be reached by boat in the summer months.

“Benjamin Franklin and British representatives relied on the Mitchell Map of colonial American geographer John Mitchell. Due to surveying errors, it is the only place in the United States outside Alaska that is north of the 49th parallel, which forms the border between the U.S. and Canada,” the petition states.

As of the time of writing, the petition has gained just over 3,000 signatures. The petition needs a minimum of 100,000 signatures by January 29 to receive an official response from the White House.

“Make America great by correcting this critical survey error,” the petition continues.

In the late 1990’s, during fishing regulation discussions between Canada and the U.S., the idea to merge the Northwest Angle with Manitoba was brought up, but later dismissed.

northwestangleNorthwest Angle is located between Manitoba and Ontario. Courtesy of Google Maps.
For more information:
Give Canada back the Northwest Angle – Petition

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