canadiana 113 a different way of life

National Post | News

This story was originally published in January 2012.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, a war that many consider Canada’s war of independence, not from Britain but from the United States. Historians often take the beginning of the war to be the Battle of Tippecanoe in November 1811, when General Harrison and the U.S. Fourth Infantry burned Prophet’s Town to the ground. Tecumseh never forgave the Americans for destroying his home and consequently he fought beside the British to his death.

The United States declared war on Great Britain on June 18, 1812 under the guise of an injured party. The royal navy was seizing British deserters off American ships, impinging on newly won American sovereignty. And British orders in council prevented any country trading with France directly. All cargoes had to be approved by England before they could touch a French controlled port.


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