OT: War of 1812

Amy West medievalist at W-STS.COM
Fri May 28 13:34:34 UTC 2010

On 5/28/10 12:01 AM, Automatic digest processor wrote:
> Date:    Thu, 27 May 2010 18:29:07 -0700
> From:    Dave Wilton<dave at WILTON.NET>
> Subject: Re: OT: War of 1812
> The War of 1812 was essentially a stalemate. Neither side won or lost
> (except the Native Americans, who lost, as usual). The war was essentially
> fought by mistake, considered a nuisance by Britain which was preoccupied
> with Napoleon, and politically divisive in the US.


> The longest and probably most important legacy of the war was the settling
> of US-Canadian border disputes. It's hard to underestimate the long-term
> political importance of the defined and peaceful border over the last two
> centuries.

At the USS Constitution Museum the War of 1812 is interpreted as an
outgrowth of unresolved issues from the Rev. War but important in the
development of the US as a nation-state and its role on the
international stage.

---Amy West

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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