The War of 1812 began 200 years ago on the 18th June. The US declared war on Britain after British trade restrictions and impressment of American sailors by the Royal Navy antagonised the US to the point of war. With Britain more concerned with the Napoleonic war in Europe the war was confined to defensive operations - repulsing several American attempts to invade British Canada. But by the summer of 1814 the British had defeated Napoleon’s France and was able to focus on the. War in North America mounting several attacks on the US, raiding and burning Washington DC and launching an ill fated attack on New Orleans. With military stalemate and the mounting cost of operations in America the war ended with the Treaty of Ghent which saw a returning territory captured by both sides. Shamefully Britain promised to return the freed black slaves encouraged during the war to escape to British territory. However several years later Britain instead paid the United States $1,204,960 in compensation for the slaves freedom.
The War of 1812 is a forgotten war, in European history it pales in comparison to the Napoleonic War and in US history it is left by the wayside as much of early US History is after the War of Independence.
(image: the 1812 ‘montage’ from Wiki article on War of 1812 - wiki, I know but it’s a good montage of representations.)
Americans have little knowledge of Canada: poll
A new survey shows that fewer than half of all Americans can name Canada’s capital and that close to two-thirds of our neighbours to the south admit they learned nothing about this country’s history in school.
The 1,048 Americans were also asked: “Did you learn anything about the history of Canada in school?” Just 36% of those surveyed — and only 12% of those aged 18 to 20 — answered yes.
On the same question about Canadian geography, 57% of those surveyed — but only 29% of the youngest cohort of respondents — said they learned something in school about the big country north of the U.S. (Photo: Chris Wattie/Reuters)
^ AMERICANS, LEARN ABOUT CANADA
Also, Harper looks so uncomfortable here…