- Canadians can boast that they beat the Americans. The only big battle the US won was after the formal declaration of peace--the Battle of New Orleans. The British/French/first nations folks thwarted the American invasion, building some institutions (reserve units) that became part of the new Canadian federation in 1867. Yes, fifty years later. Things move slowly when it is cold (the time from the French and Indian Wars to the Revolutionary War in the US case was 12 years).
- That the US lost most of the battles (they burned the capital, eh) and basically consider the war a draw explains why it is not so featured in the US. Or is it?
- The occasion plays to Canadian fears about American invasions since the US did actually try to invade Canada and seize hunks of territory. Canadians will still occasionally voice concerns about American designs on Canadian oil and water. This helps to provide just a bit of glue to Canadian identity--a shared modest anti-Americanism.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Remember Which War?
The Canadian papers are starting to fill up with the planning for the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. Yep, they call it the same thing up here. Anyhow, I am curious is whether this is getting any play in the US. For Canadians, this war is pretty significant, apparently. Why?