The War of 1812: 200 Years Later

Well, we’ve reached another bicentennial.  This weekend marks 200 years since the War of 1812 started.  Never mind what the media said a few years back about Korea; the War of 1812 is the strangest, least understood conflict in US history.  For a start, it means something different to each participant.  For Canadians it helped give them a national identity, because they successfully defended themselves from a US invasion.  The British see it as a minor victory in the Napoleonic Wars, because they taught the US a lesson by burning Washington, D.C.  The Americans also feel they taught the British a lesson, by winning the war’s final battle at New Orleans.  The Indians, unlike the other groups, see the war as a defeat, because their leader Tecumseh was killed in the middle of it, and Andrew Jackson gave the Creek tribe a sound thrashing.  Last year, CollegeHumor.com made this video about the war, and the characters in it look just as confused as most of us:

 

 

Luckily for me, I have a brother who is an expert on this period in American history.  For everyone else, I recommend this article:

War of 1812 confirmed the nation 200 years ago | Lubbock Online | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

And here is a website dedicated to the War of 1812:

http://www.visit1812.com/

Finally, you can check out what I wrote about the war, in Chapter 3 of my North American history.

Happy reading!

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