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Upper Canada, the Maritimes and the War of 1812 - Introduction to Traitors and Heroes - A Question of Loyalties

Type: Document

A description of the ambivalent attitude of the Maritimes and Upper Canada towards the war against the Americans in this excerpt from the television series "Canada: A People's History." Site includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, and video clips.

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Attack on Fort Detroit, War of 1812 - The Detroit Bluff - Isaac Brock - A Question of Loyalties

Type: DocumentFilm and Video

From the television series "Canada: A People's History", a description of Brigadier-General Isaac Brock's attack on Fort Detroit, an offense which relied heavily on bluff. General William Hull surrendered the fort without a fight. Site includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, and video clips.

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Introduction to Battle of Châteauguay - A Question of Loyalties

Type: Document

This exerpt from the television series "Canada: A People's History" describes the Battle of Châteaugay during the War of 1812, when Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Michel de Salaberry held off the American invaders on the banks of the Châteaugay River in October 1813. Site includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, and video clips.

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Conquered and the Conquerors - British Control of Quebec - Battle for a Continent

Type: Document

After the conquest, a new Canada slowly took shape. The Canadian militia returned to their villages and farms. 500 French soldiers, married to Canadian women, were allowed to stay. 3000 British troops remained in Quebec. Bigot was put in the Bastille for corruption, and died in exile in 1778. Governor Vaudreuil was arrested for his role in the colony's loss. General James Wolfe became a virtual industry in death, as biographies, ballads, epic poems, and paintings of him abounded. From the television series "Canada: A People's History." Includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, and video clips.

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Isaac Brock - Introduction - A Question of Loyalties

Type: Document

By 1811, Britain's obsession with making war on France was making a dangerous enemy of the United States. Some Congressmen called for war; they knew they couldn't attack Britain directly but they could threaten her colonies. Upper Canada was vulnerable, especially at Niagara and along the Detroit frontier. To Isaac Brock, Brigadier-General of the British forces in Upper Canada, the warning signs were ominous. From the television series "Canada: A People's History." Includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, and video clips.

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Americans Invade Upper Canada in the War of 1812 - Introduction to Americans Strike Back - A Question of Loyalties

Type: Document

On October 13, 1812, the garrison at Fort George, on the Niagara River, was awakened by the thunder of heavy guns. Across the river on the American side, Major John Lovett at Fort Grey was doing his best to pound the British defenses to pieces. Their national honour had been shaken by the taking of Detroit two months earlier and now the Americans were responding. This was a full-scale invasion of Upper Canada. From the television series "Canada: A People's History." Includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, and video clips.

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U.S. Declares War on Canada - Isaac Brock - A Question of Loyalties

Type: Document

On June 18, 1812, American President James Madison signed a declaration of war against Britain. Brigadier-General Isaac Brock heard the news while he was dining with American officers at Fort George. They finished the dinner in peace then withdrew to plan mutual destruction. Rather than spread his unreliable force in a thin, defensive pattern, Brock chose to assemble them and mount an audacious offensive. His target was Fort Detroit. From the television series "Canada: A People's History." Includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, and video clips.

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Seeking a Nation Within a Nation - Tecumseh - A Question of Loyalties

Type: Document

For the Indians of the American west, the War of 1812 was just another name for a battle that had been raging for decades. Millions of acres of Indian land had disappeared under a wave of white settlers pushing west. Tecumseh, a Shawnee chief, emerged as the greatest Indian leader to head the resistance against American expansion. His exploits are discussed in this excerpt from the television series "Canada: A People's History." Site includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, and video clips.

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