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The Invasion of Canada: Battles of the War of 1812

The Invasion of Canada: Battles of the War of 1812    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 978-1-55277-784-8
Pages 96
Language English only
Price $19.95
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Written by Ronald J. Dale.
Published by James Lorimer & Company Ltd., 2011.


On June 18, 1812, the United States declared war on Great Britain — the most powerful nation in the world. Britain was in the midst of a long and perilous struggle with Napoleon's France, convincing President Thomas Jefferson that taking Canada would be "a mere matter of marching." Jefferson was terribly wrong. The Invasion of Canada traces the course of this gruelling two-year conflict.

From the Canadian capture of Fort Michilimackinac to the declaration of peace in 1814, author Ronald Dale brings to life the battles and people that have become legendary in Canada. Generations of Canadians have been raised on the stories recounted here — Brock's brave last stand at Queenston Heights, Tecumseh's death at Moraviantown, Laura Secord's epic trek through the woods to warn the British at Beaver Dams of an impending American attack. Also recounted are some less famous stories — of the women of Prescott who sacked Ogdensburg, or how the Bank of Nova Scotia was created using privateer money from the war.

Illustrated throughout with full-colour paintings and modern photography, The Invasion of Canada is a readable, appealing guide to a war that both sides won.

Ronald J. Dale is a historian and the Superintendent of Niagara National Historic Sites, including Fort George and Brock's Monument.

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