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The Russo-American Treaty of 1824 (also known as the Convention Between the United States of America and His Majesty the Emperor of All the Russians, Relative to Navigating, Fishing, Etc., in the Pacific Ocean) was signed in St. Petersburgmarker between representatives of Russiamarker and the United Statesmarker on April 17, 1824, ratified by both nations on January 11, 1825 and went into effect on January 12, 1825. The accord contained six articles. It gave Russianmarker claims on the Pacific Northwest coast of North America south of parallel 54°40′ north over what Americansmarker know as the Oregon Country to the United Statesmarker.

The Anglo-Russian Treaty of 1825 between Russia and Great Britainmarker then fixed the Russian Tsar's southernmost boundary of Alaskamarker at the line of 54°40′N — the present southern tip of the Alaska Panhandlemarker — but Russian rights to trade in the area south of that line remained. The dispute between the United States and Britain over jurisdiction in the region was already underway as a result of an 1818 treaty between the U.S. and Spainmarker over the latter's former claims north of the 42nd Parallel (today's Oregonmarker-Californiamarker boundary).

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