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Ulysses S. Grant

Presidency

What significant treaty did Grant’s administration bring about that improved relations with Great Britain?

Grant’s able secretary of state, Hamilton Fish, oversaw the negotiation of the Treaty of Washington in 1871. This treaty normalized relations with Great Britain and solved several thorny problems, ranging from the northwestern border of the United States to the sinking of Union ships by British-built Confederate ships. These damages were known as the “Alabama Claims.” Under the treaty, Great Britain agreed to pay more than $15 million in damages for the sinking of American ships.



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