Category - History

Canandaigua Treaty of 1794 Commemoration

Monday, November 6, 2017 8:00 AM by Peter Jemison

The United States and the Haudenosaunee entered into a treaty of peace and friendship on November 11, 1794.

For the Haudenosaunee, this brought an end to the Revolutionary War and the hostilities that existed between them and American settlers. The Treaty demarcated the lands reserved to the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations) by the terms of the treaty.

The treaty also spells out how disagreements that may arise are to be addressed by the executive branch of the American Government. The treaty tests the words of the U.S. Constitution, which identifies treaties as the supreme law of the United States. The Canandaigua Treaty bears George Washington’s signature and was ratified by the U.S. Senate in January 1795.