When listing major American wars, the Revolutionary War, the Spanish-American War, the Civil War, WWI, and WWII, we usually leave out the War of 1812. We all learned about the War of 1812 in school, only to never hear about it again. Those damn British came back and burned the White House down. But the War of 1812 has more of a significant historical meaning than many people give it credit for.
With Britain and France at war, America continued to trade with the French, and as a neutral country had every right to do so. Britain thought different and introduced trade restrictions. Whether out of jealousy or anger the British planned to stop all American trade with France. Ironically, by the time Americans declared war, the British had already repealed the trade restrictions. At this point our young nation had to defend its honor, and fight Britain, again.
War of 1812: What Was Really Won?
After two and a half years, and 15,000 American lives lost the American were victorious, but what did we really win? The War of 1812 paved the way for many greater things in American history. With a victory sealed, the US was finally recognized and respected as a sovereign nation. With the French and British gone from the continent America was free to move westward. Manifest Destiny would soon take hold, and everything that came with it. It also allowed James Madison to declare America’s sphere of influence, in the Monroe Doctrine, which included all of the Americas.
With westward mobility also came the mobility of slavery, and the fight over “slave or free” state would lead the nation towards civil war. Without the victory against the British and the ability to move west who knows how the country, confined to east of the Mississippi, would have turned out.
Let’s hope our elected officials and historians can bring clarity to the Edward Cornwallis issue in 2012 and put to rest the name-calling and name renaming surrounding Halifax’s founder.
The Halifax regional school board’s decision to rename Cornwallis Junior High School was one of several events in 2011 that reopened the blame/guilt game surrounding Cornwallis and the contentious Mi’kmaq bounty proclamation of 1749.
Cornwallis, governor of Nova Scotia/Acadia, 1749-1752, has become a lightning rod for long-standing grievances of the Mi’kmaq community for placing a “reward of 10 guineas for every Micmac Indian taken or killed.”
Read more of the story at Cornwallis era part of brutal struggle | The Chronicle Herald.
Story by Len Canfield – The Chronicle Herald
With the U.S. government poised to declare a Northern California bay the “official” 1579 landing site of the famous English explorer Sir Francis Drake — who is known to have anchored and repaired the Golden Hind that year somewhere along the U.S. Pacific Coast during his epic circumnavigation of the globe — the question arises: is Canada missing the boat on a landmark moment in world history?
Read the article at Canada’s Francis Drake connection being overshadowed, author says.
Story by Randy Boswell – Vancouver Sun
A memorial to commemorate the Fenian Brotherhood’s invasion of Canada in 1866 was unveiled on Friday in Buffalo, New York. Political leaders and members of the Irish-American community were all on hand to celebrate and remember the inspiring invasion that happened over 150 years ago.
WKBW News in Buffalo reports that “the Fenian Invasion is an event of international significance, since it helped build momentum toward the independence of both Canada and Ireland.” In 1866, members of the Fenian Brotherhood, many of whom were Civil War veterans, invaded Canada in hopes of taking it as a bartering tool to use against Britain in exchange for independence for Ireland.
Read the rest of the article at Fenian Brotherhood invasion of Canada commemorated in Buffalo, New York | Irish News | IrishCentral.
Story by Kerry O’Shea
It was 18 minutes past nine o’clock on the Tokyo Bay morning of Sept. 2, 1945, when 55-yearold Canadian Col. Lawrence Moore Cosgrave leaned forward and signed Japan’s copy of the Article of Surrender that officially ended the war between Japan and the Western Allies.
Unfortunately, possibly overwhelmed by the historic event unfolding on the decks of the U.S. battleship Missouri, Cosgrave signed in the wrong place.
He had signed on the line clearly marked The Republic of France and one line below the space entitled The Dominion of Canada.
Read more of the article at A moment Canadians would prefer to forget.
Story by Jim Hume – Times Colonist; Photo from Wikimedia