Five battles that shaped Canada

WAR SHAPED CANADA. Those three words do not often occur to Canadians living in our peaceable kingdom, but they are surely true. The future of British North America was decided on the Plains of Abraham in 1759 and confirmed during the War of 1812 in which the Canadas barely survived American invasion. Two great world...
  • 1812 Journal Then & Now (November/December)

    December 1, 2014 by John Boileau
    The War of 1812 lasted from the American declaration of war on Great Britain in June 1812 to the ratification of the Treaty of Ghent in February 1815, although historical events associated with the war and its aftermath continued for years. We are pleased to...
  • 1812 Journal Then & Now (September/October)

    September 5, 2014 by John Boileau
    The War of 1812 lasted from the American declaration of war on Great Britain in June 1812 to the ratification of the Treaty of Ghent in February 1815. Each article in our Then & Now Journal consists of two parts. The “Then” portion describes events...
  • 1812 Journal Then & Now (July/August)

    July 5, 2014 by John Boileau
    July 2: British raid St. Leonard’s, Md. July 3: American forces under Major-General Jacob Brown cross Niagara River and capture Fort Erie. July 5: Brown defeats British at...
  • 1812 Journal, Then & Now (May/June)

    May 5, 2014 by John Boileau
    The War of 1812 lasted from the American declaration of war on Great Britain in June 1812 to the ratification of the Treaty of Ghent in February 1815. Each article in our Then & Now Journal consists of two parts. The “Then” portion describes events...
  • 1812 Journal, Then & Now (March/April)

    March 1, 2014 by John Boileau
    March: British reinforcements arrive at Quebec City via overland route from New Brunswick. March 4: 164-man mounted American raiding party repulses attack by 240 British regulars, Canadian militia and native allies at Battle of Longwoods, near Wardsville, Upper Canada; British withdraw after suffering 67 casualties, followed...
  • 1812 Journal Then & Now

    January 5, 2014 by John Boileau
    January: British construct defences on Bridge Island, Upper Canada, to shelter supply bateaux travelling on St. Lawrence River; construction begins on cavalry barracks at Blairfindie, between La Prairie and St-Jean, Lower Canada, to house 90 soldiers and 100 horses; gunboats constructed at Coteau-du-Lac fortifications, 40...
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