Martin Van Buren: Invasion of Canada

In 1838, representatives from several Southern states met in Cleveland and openly discussed an invasion of Canada. They framed a constitution for "Free Canada" and made arrangements for the issuance of invasion currency. President Martin Van Buren, however, intervened: "This Government," he declared, "recognizes a still higher obligation to repress all attempts on the part of its citizens to disturb the peace of a country where order prevails, or has been re-established."

Ironically, later that very year Van Buren hailed the removal of the Cherokee Indians -- by force -- to new lands in the West.

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