Heavy Lies the Crown

The Canadian Social Context of the War of 1812

Authored by: James Tyler Robertson

The Routledge Handbook of the War of 1812

Print publication date:  October  2015
Online publication date:  October  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138017719
eBook ISBN: 9781315780269
Adobe ISBN: 9781317701989


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Remaining a British colony proved to be a great struggle for the people of Upper and Lower Canada from the summer of 1812 until the winter of 1814 as the American government tried to wrest the Canadas from Britain in the name of emancipation, maritime rights, and national honor. While some colonists did fight to remain connected to England, the vast majority experienced the War of 1812 mostly as a threat to their homes, livelihoods, families, and any hopes for future success and prosperity. Annexation by the United States would not have been a tragedy, and people were more concerned to protect their lives and property. This inspired many people to take creative steps to avoid involvement. Others who did fight were concerned more for their homes and property than for their king and country.

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