A post taking real life incidents from this day in history and my view of them as if they were happening today and what my honest view would have been then on that day ignoring hindsight or knowledge of how it ended.
You do wonder sometimes if hanging onto our colonies in America is worth all the trouble. The Oregon problem has raised its ugly head again with the Americans still squabbling with us over it 30 odd years later.
A bit sneaky of us to agree that settlers would decide who it rightly belongs to and then shuffle in hundreds of British settlers but then it was equally sneaky of them to do the same thing.
With no French support in the case of another war, President Polk is keeping a civil lid on things (the British gunships off the American coast helps of course) and as we are reliant on American wheat, Prime Minister Peel is also being ever so polite and British about it all.
Slicing the Oregon territory at the 49th parallel is probably the most diplomatic way to sort it out once and for all but the fairest way would be to ask the 50,000 indigenous population whose actual land it is who they want to have it, if either of us.
I think the answer would be a resounding 'you can both bugger off and leave us in peace' amidst much coughing and spluttering from whatever disease we have inflicted upon them this time.