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After years of escalating tensions, President James Madison of the United States signed a Declaration of War against Great Britain on 18 June 1812. In response to the American's early attacks, Major General Isaac Brock proclaimed, "Every Canadian freeholder is, by deliberate choice, bound by the most solemn oaths to defend the monarchy as well as his own property. To shrink from that engagement is a treason not to be forgiven."
The lines were drawn. From 1812 to 1815, the inhabitants of what was to become Canada fought side by side with the British forces and their First Nation allies to defend their lands against the Americans. The battles were waged on land and sea on both sides of the border. The impact of the War was felt by all.
This website is dedicated to make the surviving records and artefacts from this time period available to everyone. There is much to discover about the War of 1812 era.