Wednesday, October 09, 2013

How's the War of 1812 going, 200 years on?

Not well, if you identify with us against those Yankee invaders.  Last weekend marked the anniversary of the Battle of the Thames or Moraviantown (warning: link may contain fife-and-drum music). Having lost naval control of Lake Erie in September 1813, the British, Upper Canadians, and First Nations got thoroughly beaten. Subsequently, much of southwestern Ontario was occupied, at least loosely, by the Americans, who were also pushing across much of the Niagara peninsula, and much nasty guerrilla fighting developed..

War of 1812 commemoration coverage has been losing its media buzz, but it sez here 20,000 people attended the commemorations around Chatham last weekend.

The battle caused the death of Tecumseh of the Shawnee, key leader of First Nations resistance to American expansion.  In Fife and Drum, the newsletter (no sound effects) of the Friends of Fort York in Toronto, Kyle Wyatt considers the images imposed on Tecumseh over 200 years.

(Image: CTV Windsor)
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