A plaque from the Ontario Heritage Trust in Kingston, in Ontario, recognizes the Rush Bagot Agreement (44-13`48`N 76-27`59`W / 44.229894 N 76.466292 N 76.466292-W / 44.29894; -76.4662922). A commemorative plaque is also located on the former site of the British envoy in Washington, D.C., D.C. (38-54`13.N 77-3`8.4`W / 38.903806 N 77.05233-W / 38.903806; -77.052333), where the agreement was negotiated. A monument is also located on the site of the Old Fort Niagara (43-15`N 79-03`49`W / 43.263347 N 79.063719 W / 43.263347; -79.063719), reliefs of Rush and Bagot, as well as the words of the treaty.  The Rush Bagot Agreement of 1817 called for a massive demilitarization of lakes along the international border, where many British naval gatherings remained. The treaty stipulated that the United States and the United Kingdom could have only one military vessel and one cannon on both Lake Ontario and Lake Champlain. On the Great Lakes, the United States and British North America were able to hold two naval vessels. The importance of the Rush Bagot Agreement was to lay the groundwork for a secure and demilitarized border between the United States and British North America. Finally, the agreement culminated in 1871 with the Washington Treaty, which concluded disarmament. Although the agreements did not fully resolve border disputes and trade agreements, the Rush Bagot Agreement and the 1818 Agreement marked an important turning point in Anglo-American and American-Canadian relations.
The rush bagot pact was an agreement between the United States and Great Britain to eliminate their fleets from the Great Lakes, with the exception of small patrol vessels. The 1818 convention established the border between the territory of Missouri in the United States and British North America (later Canada) at the forty-ninth parallel. Both agreements reflected the easing of diplomatic tensions that led to the War of 1812 and marked the beginning of Anglo-American cooperation. Mr. Bagot met informally with Foreign Affairs Minister James Monroe and finally reached an agreement with his successor, Current Minister Richard Rush. The agreement limited military navigation on the Great Lakes to one or two ships per country on each sea.