The acquisition of Texas and the Mexican Cession are integral parts of the slavery era. The former encouraged those who would oppose the extension of servitude, whereas the latter provided the battleground to protest against slavery. This chapter discusses the recurrent debates over federal and presidential authority to employ armed forces at home and abroad. Bilateral commissions appointed under Articles 4 and 6 of a treaty reached amicable agreement as to jurisdiction over islands in the Bay of Fundy and the boundary from St Lawrence to the head of Lake Huron. Trade with the British West Indies, long obstructed by discriminatory restrictions, was reopened pursuant to a reciprocity provision enacted by Congress. The Twenty-seventh Congress convened for the second time in Washington in December 1841. In his first Annual Message, President Tyler applauded both the result of the McLeod case and the process by which it had been achieved.
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