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The Battle of Stoney Creek

The War of 1812 may be considered as a win or a loss for the United States.  The goal of the war was to capture the British capital of York (modern day Toronto). During this era of war, it was…

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Fort Crawford

Built shortly after the War of 1812 and rebuilt 18 years later, Fort Crawford stood at the intersection of two of North America’s greatest waterways. At a time where waterways were the primary form of transportation, Fort Crawford secured American…

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Fort Drummond Occupation

Fort Drummond was significant because it was the only known military and civilian site established by British forces on American soil after the War of 1812.  This fort was established with the main purpose of continuing to influence Native American…

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Fort Detroit and the Surrender of Detroit

Fort Detroit would prove to be an important location for a series of attacks against the British during the War of 1812. The fort however would be put under the command of a General who would end up surrendering the…

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The Battle of Fort George

On May 27, 1813, American forces led by Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, Colonel Winfield Scott and Major General Henry Dearborn, launched an amphibious assault on Fort George, commanded by British Brigadier-General John Vincent. Launched from Fort Niagara on the opposite…

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Fort York and Its Functions During The War of 1812

  The foundation of urban Toronto was a military lead endeavor that began when John Graves Simcoe gave the order to have a garrison built in what would become known as Fort York in 1793. In the early years of…

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Carleton Island During the War of 1812

Carleton Island’s fort was built during the American Revolution, and while it should have been given to the Americans afterwards according to Jay’s Treaty, it remained in British control until 1812. Then, at the outbreak of war, a Revolutionary War…

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Fort Malden, Gateway to the Upper Great Lakes

Photo Courtesy Parks Canada Shown above is the partially restored Fort Malden, currently the location of the Fort Malden National Historic Site Museum. On the right is the restored estate house, which was built after the Fort’s closing in the…

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Fort Gratiot and Fort Gratiot Lighthouse

During the War of 1812, as well as in previous wars, waterways have always been a location of strategic importance to winning a war.  This is the reasoning behind the construction of Fort Gratiot and the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse.  The…

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Battle of Fort York

Background In 1793, John Graves Simcoe, the lieutenant-governor of the British providence of Upper Canada, ordered the construction of a fort along the western edge of Lake Ontario. At the time, war seemed almost inevitable with the United States as…

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