Monday, June 18, 2012
Today - Official Start of the War of 1812
It was on June 18, 1812, that Pres. Madison officially signed into law the declaration of war against Britain.
The outcome? Something of a draw for both the U.S. and Britain. The winners were the Canadians, who consider the War of 1812 with a great deal more seriousness than either the U.S. or the UK. They were the ones the U.S. invaded, as the Brits invaded the Chesapeake region here. At one point we burned York, which is what Toronto was called then. Nevertheless we failed, and failed miserable to even get a toehold of conquest in Canada. Some slaves won too, meaning they got their freedom, though almost all of them were embarked on a journey that was anything but easy or short, filled with pain and uncertainty and poverty, and for many ultimately death, due to disease or other reasons. The really big losers, of course, were the Native Americans.
hip hip you all ....