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The War of 1812-1815 was a bloody confrontation that tore through the American frontier, the British colonies of Upper and Lower Canada, and parts of the Atlantic coast and the Gulf of Mexico. The conflict saw British, American, and First Nations' forces clash, and in the process, shape the future of North American history. This exciting new volume explains what led to America's decision to take up arms against Great Britain and assesses the three terrible years of fighting that followed on land and sea, where ...
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The War of 1812-1815 was a bloody confrontation that tore through the American frontier, the British colonies of Upper and Lower Canada, and parts of the Atlantic coast and the Gulf of Mexico. The conflict saw British, American, and First Nations' forces clash, and in the process, shape the future of North American history. This exciting new volume explains what led to America's decision to take up arms against Great Britain and assesses the three terrible years of fighting that followed on land and sea, where battles such as Lake Erie and Lake Champlain launched American naval traditions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841764665
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Series: Essential Histories Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Carl Benn, PhD, is Chief Curator of the City of Toronto's Museums and Heritage Services, and also teaches history and museum studies at the University of Toronto. He has curated numerous exhibits and restored various historic facilities, including Canada's most complete War of 1812 fort. His extensive publications include Historic Fort York, 1793-1993 and The Iroquois in the War of 1812. Currently he is editing a collection of First Nations memoirs from the War of 1812 for publication.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Chronology 8
Background to war: A small war with complex causes 11
Warring sides: Soldiers, sailors, and warriors 20
Outbreak: America sets its sights on Canada 26
The fighting: The war on land and at sea 30
Portrait of a soldier: Black Hawk's war 66
The world around war: Propaganda and protest 72
Portrait of a civilian: John Strachan's war 77
How the war ended: The peace of Christmas Eve 81
Conclusion and consequences: The World's longest undefended border? 86
Further reading 91
Index 94
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2003

    Excellent Picture and Text Book

    This was an excellent book! The text was wonderful and was a help for studying. The pictures were wonderful too. They gave a portrait of what war looked like back then. I used this book to help me with a project at my middle school. The teacher loved the pictures and the information i received from this book!

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