What Franklin Wrought

Since discovering Instapaper.com this year I’ve learned that its Editor’s Picks are quite eclectic and frequently very interesting. For example, The Lost Canadians by Grant Stoddard, published in the January/February 2011 issue of The Walrus, is a portrait of a beleaguered Minnesota resort community that attempted to secede from the U.S. in 1997. The residents of Angle Township live at the northern most point of the American-Canadian border on a peninsula attached to Cananda and separated from the rest of the U.S. by the waters of Lake of The Woods. This quirk of international geography resulted from a boundary agreement that Benjamin Franklin negotiated with the British and formalized in the Treaty of Paris of 1783 which ended the American War of Independence. Read about this political island that, geographically, is not an island at all.

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