Top blog posting: DID CANADA WIN THE WAR OF 1812?

Revisiting the top 50 blog postings, this one is from January 2010. And suitably it deals with relations with our neighbour – our poll on the american election continues to show Obama in the lead, though now at 60%. Click here if you want to vote or see the results for yourself.

Top blog posting: DID CANADA WIN THE WAR of 1812?

Now that I am here in the good old USA for a month, my mind has turned to the history of American-Canadian relations.  Turned to the war of 1812 whose bicenntenial anniversary occurs in two years time.

A new survey just out among Canadians shows the following:  Thirty=seven per cent of respondents believe Canada won the war.

Nine per cent said the United States won the waR.  Fifteen petr cent called it a draw.  But 39 per cent said they knew too little about the war to venture an opinion.

In every province except Quebec respondents said Canada was the winner.

And that’s where I stand.

I was brought up to believe that Canada with the dauntless General Brock and Laura Secord and her cow, cleaned the Americans’ clock.   That’s what I still believe.  Point final, hands-down, without any doubt.

What to do you think?


Catharine and I are in Palm Springs, Ca., for a month.  Hate to tell you that the sun is bright and the temp. 75.  On  my way to play golf.  Hope to blog from here.


Posted by Neil McKenty on January 7, 2010 at 7:30 pm
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    Paul Costopoulos Says:

    Canada won on land, the US navy won on the lakes. Overall the US did not achieve it’s objective: bring Québec and Ontario into the fold and claim the Prairies. Thus Canada won the war if not all the battles and remained British.

    Posted on January 7, 2010 at 7:42 pm e
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    Barbara Says:

    As I recall from US history courses, the war was fought to stop the Brits from impressing US seamen not to annex Canadian territory. The final treaty was signed between England and the US. Canada was not an independent entity at that time. It remained a colony of Britain afterwards and, if that is considered a victory, then I guess the Canadian colonists won that much.

    Posted on January 7, 2010 at 11:20 pm e
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    Barbara Says:

    Have a good time in Palm Springs, Neil. It was the confidence the US gained from the stand-off called the War of 1812 that enabled it to turn its gaze toward expanding into the West. You are enjoying the fruits of America’s perceived although debatable victory in 1814.

    Posted on January 7, 2010 at 11:51 pm e
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    Paul Costopoulos Says:

    As is often the case history is percieved differently depending where you live. “Impressing” was the excuse not the real motivation. Just as supposed weapons of massive destruction were the excuse to grab Iraq’s petrol industry.

    Posted on January 8, 2010 at 1:16 am e
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    jim Says:

    In those days tactics and strategies dictated that in battle the flag bearer and the bugler should be killed at all costs. Then the next step was to burn down the seat of government. Whoever did it first won the war. The real hero of the war of 1812 was Tecumseh on the Canadian side. Also, we should remember that the troops on both sides spoke with English English accents.

    Posted on January 8, 2010 at 9:23 pm e
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    Paul Costopoulos Says:

    And we did burn the White House which was painted white after the fire to mask the burn marks.

    Posted on January 9, 2010 at 3:11 am e
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    Harry Says:

    Hope you have a great time in Palm Springs. I wish I could be there. The Treaty of Ghent was a status quo ante bellum treaty meaning that everything was returned to how it was before the war. Many historians see the war as a stalemate. The US failed to force the British to officially agree to US view on maritime issues and the British failed in their 1814 objectives to take US territory (part of Maine, part of upstate NY, much of the US midwest for their Indian allies). I am reading a book on the war by British historian Peter Black and he seems to see the result as a highly fortuitous draw. The White House was painted white before the war and was already called by that name before it was burned and repainted.

    Posted on January 11, 2010 at 3:16 am e
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    Harry Says:

    Actually the book is by Jeremy Black and is entitled The War of 1812 in The Age of Napoleon. Sorry about the mistake.

    Posted on January 11, 2010 at 3:18 am e
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    Darren Says:

    it is in my opinion that the British along with Canadian Settlers and Canadian Indians took over Detroit New York Washington DC and New Orleans…. and with that the Americans fought to regain control of these cities which they eventually did win back BUT that said part of the intention of the US Military was to gain control of Ontario which they never accomplished as anyone who can read a Map can see…..because if the Americans had of won that war then Ontario would today be one of the 50 States which would actually be 51 States with the addition of Ontario…. This too is the main reason the Americans asked for a Treaty because we as New British brought them to their Knee’s…. We took over Detroit without even so much as 1 bullet fired. We burned their Capitol city to the ground with barely even losing any of our Army. Had they not offered to Sign a Treaty who is to say that those 3 States would not still today be part of Canada ?

    Posted on October 29, 2011

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