Friday, 3 February 2012

Face Number Three

Today’s face is a drawing of Titus Geer Simons 1765-1829. He was a Colonel in the British Army during the War of 1812. This is the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 – Celebrating 200 years of peace.

Some interesting facts on the War of 1812:

  • The War of 1812 is an important milestone in the lead-up to the 150th anniversary of Canada's Confederation in 2017.
  • Canada would not exist had the American invasion of 1812-14 been successful.
  • The end of the war laid the foundation for Confederation and the emergence of Canada as a free and independent nation.
  • Under the Crown, Canada’s society retained its linguistic and ethnic diversity, in contrast to the greater conformity demanded by the American Republic
  • The Treaty of Ghent re-established the borders between British North America (Canada) and the United States to their 1811 configuration. The Treaty called for a joint British-U.S. boundary commission that would confirm the border between Canada and the United States in the years following the war. This boundary between neighbours is now the world's longest undefended border.
  • The end of the War marked the beginning of two centuries of peaceful relations, close cooperation and friendship between Canada and the United States.
  • The War was an important chapter in Canada's military history, with many modern reserve regiments from Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada tracing their origins to this conflict.
  • Three weeks before the British Navy attacked Baltimore and inspired the "Star-Spangled Banner," troops from the same fleet landed in Maryland, battled outgunned American forces, marched into the young city of Washington and torched federal buildings.

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