When I went on a study abroad trip to London in college I remember one of the people we met there described Minnesota as being basically in Canada.

Ok, that's not totally wrong. Most of Minnesota is, ya know, not in Canada, but there is that little piece that awkwardly juts into our neighboring country. Yes, we're talking about the Northwest Angle.

There's a group called "We the People" that put together a petition to give the Northwest Angle to Canada. Here's what the petition says:

Negotiators of the initial Canada–US border misunderstood the geography of the area. Benjamin Franklin and British representatives relied on the Mitchell Map of colonial American geographer John Mitchell. Due to a 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 total population is only about 120 people which are native to Canadian soil. Make america great by correcting this critical survey error.

This isn't the first time a petition has been created over this either.

Honestly, this makes sense to me. Other than the fact that there were surveying errors, the only way to get in and out of the Northwest Angle on land is going through Canada which requires a passport. That makes things really complicated for people who live there and any family or friends who want to visit. Why not just make the Northwest Angle part of Canada and make everyone's lives easier?

You can check out the petition (and sign it if you want) HERE! This petition needs some help though, it's been up since December 30th and only has 650 signatures last I checked. Their goal is 100,000. Yikes.

 

Source: Bring Me the News

 

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