War With Canada – Two Neighbors Guard Their Border

canadian canalsWork began on the Erie Canal in 1817
Our history books may not mention this as a reason for our decision to build a canal around Lake Ontario, but Canada and the US were enemies in the War of 1812, and both countries embarked on canal-building programs shortly after it ended in 1815.   Yes, the Canadians knew about the Erie’s commercial success and no-doubt wanted some of that shipping business, but at least one record suggests that something else was also very much on their minds at the time:  Learn more (read the second paragraph of the link).

 

Hostilities on Lake Ontario – Sept 11, 1813

Battle of Lake Erie – 1813

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