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War of 1812

The late historian Pierre Berton once wrote that the War of 1812 “gave Canadians their first sense of community.” The bicentennial of this war has given rise to a new examination of the conflict that pitted American soldiers against British armed forces and ultimately laid a foundation for Canada’s nationhood. The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, in partnership with the Historica-Dominion Institute and Parks Canada, is contributing to the dialogue with a comprehensive website featuring an interactive map and a timeline of the war.

The website provides detailed information on the battles, campaigns and profiles of prominent figures in a series of authoritative entries written by James Marsh, editor-in-chief of The Canadian Encyclopedia. The critical part played by First Nations in the conflict is well documented and Parks Canada’s relevant national historic sights are featured.

The Canadian Atlas Online also offers a thematic section on the War of 1812, including educator resources for teachers.

The www.eighteentwelve.ca website details each battle and provides an interactive map and timeline of the war. It also includes a series of learning resources for teachers covering lesser-known facets and stories of the battles.

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