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War of 1812: War of 1812
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War of 1812

Throughout the War of 1812, British and American forces clashed repeatedly on both sides of the U.S./Canadian border. Today, we commemorate those battles and celebrate 200 years of peace between the U.S. and Canada.

Old Fort Niagara in Lewiston, N.Y. began the war in American hands, but was captured and controlled by the British from 1813 to 1815. Today, costumed interpreters provide demonstrations at this 285-year-old fort, and historic re-enactors hold encampments there during summer months.

Old Fort Niagara blue coatsIn December of 1813, all but three buildings in Buffalo were torched by British troops, in retaliation for American troops burning what is now picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.There are many important sites from the war in Ontario. Old Fort Erie, in Fort Erie, was the site of a critical battle in the war. An on-site museum features military exhibits, and costumed re-enactors provide tours and perform military drills. Niagara Falls, Ont. is home to Chippawa Battlefield, where the grey-clad troops of General Winfield Scott overcame the British and the legend of West Point's Long Grey Line was born. You’ll also come across Lundy's Lane, site of the fiercest and bloodiest engagement from the war. In Queenston Heights, you’ll find Brock's Monument, commemorating the death of British hero General Sir Isaac Brock, killed on this site during the Battle of Queenston Heights. Nearby, you’ll find the Laura Secord Homestead, home of the famous War of 1812 heroine, and a stop at Niagara-on-the-Lake will bring you to Fort George.  

Beginning in the fall of 2013, the Buffalo History Museum will present By Fire & Sword, a bicentennial exhibit that will feature many a musket and sword form the war.

For a full list of bicentennial events in Buffalo Niagara, click here.

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