200th Anniversary of the War of 1812

Richard Cartwright letterbook (Queen's University. Cartwright family fonds, 2199)

Richard Cartwright letterbook (Queen’s University. Cartwright family fonds, 2199)

This week marks the 200th anniversary of the Declaration of War by the Americans on Canada on 1812. While Kingston was initially thought to be one of the first targets by the Americans, this did not turn out to be the case. Throughout the war, Kingston only saw a glimpse of battle in November 1812. With its strategic position near the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario and Kingston would become Britain’s chief naval base and shipyard during the war, the town vigorously aided the war effort through their shipbuilding and distribution of supplies. The economic boon and growth this provided to Kingston is described in the section of a letter from Richard Cartwright to Richard Robison on May 31st, 1815 at the end of the War. There are many 1812 commemorative events occurring throughout Ontario. Be sure to check them out!

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