Wednesday, 24 December 2014

The Treaty of Ghent


The War of 1812 ended two hundred years ago today when Britain and the United States signed the Treaty of Ghent on December 24, 1814. No territory changed hands. No borders were redrawn. No one really won and no one really lost. The war ended essentially as a draw, a stalemate. Both sides were frankly just glad to be rid of the hassle.

Historically, the war is significant only to Canada. By successfully repelling various American attempts at invasion, colonial Canada retained its English and French identities and forged a firm resolve never to be American. This reinforcement of a unique identity led 50 years later to the successful creation of the independent dominion of Canada.

There was only one small problem. The Treaty of Ghent was signed in Europe. News of the war's end had to reach North America by ship.

A very slow ship.

This means there will be one more blog post about the War of 1812 . . . stay tuned!

[Painting by A. Forestier, Signing of the Treaty of Ghent, shows Admiral of the Fleet James Gambier of Britain shaking hands with the U.S. Ambassador to Russia, John Quincy Adams]

29 comments:

Vanessa Morgan said...

Strangely enough, though the treaty was signed in my country, the news doesn't even mention it here.

mxtodis123 said...

Wishing you a wonderful holiday. May your Christmas Eve be filled with joy. Mary

Miss Val's Creations said...

Hmmm! I wonder why it was signed in Europe. I imagine I learned why in history class as a little girl, but at age 40 I certainly don't remember!

Kestril Trueseeker said...

Yay for Canada keeping its identity

DEZMOND said...

congrats to Canada for keeping dirty American paws off their territory! You might be the only one who ever succeeded in it

Dixie@dcrelief said...

Interesting.

Willym said...

Sadly the big losers where the Native Peoples who fought bravely on both sides and then saw their promised land rights ignored.

Jeanne said...

Don't blame ya for not wanting to be American.......
Merry Christmas Eve! ♥

Leeanna said...

I just love your History Channel. AAahahahahahahahahahaaa! Really!

*Special Note: Darlin, I accidentally deleted my Texas Christmas blog entry along with your comment. Sorry sweetie.

Laurie M said...

history lesson, made interesting, lol, where were you when I was in highschool, I may have remembered more if you had been teaching me, have a wonderful Yule!

Ol'Buzzard said...

According to Michele Bachmann the founding fathers worked tirelessly to do away with slavery, and the shot heard around the world was fired in New Hampshire and Paul Revere rode to tell the British that we would not give up our guns.
I wonder what she has to say about the War of 1812 - would be interesting
the Ol'Buzzard

Missy George said...

I haven't heard about that forever but I do remember learning about it..vaguely..Have a blessed Christmas

The Happy Whisk said...

I hate war, any war.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

YAY Canada! I swear I learn more about history from my blogging pals than anywhere else :)

Merry Christmas, Debra!

turquoisemoon said...

Happy holidays to you...

Riot Kitty said...

You're so good about historical rememberance. "Both sides were frankly just glad to be rid of the hassle." Sounds like a divorce!

e said...

Hooray for Canada's firm resolve!

Michael D'Agostino said...

Oh, that's unfortunate. Imagine being one of the soldiers killed after the treaty had been signed.

Hermesmerized™ the duchessofH said...

I can't wait to read your next post. I know (ashamed to admit) nothing about the war of 1812. and I won't spoil the surprise by goggling it.

Merry Christmas, and All The Best in 2015, Debra.

Holiday Cheers,

Donna

Ron Troke said...

Now you have me wondering whatever happened!

Cheers!

Jim said...

Ever think about switching careers, Debra? To be a high school history teacher? You would be a great one. You have the ability to make 'dry' fact history very interesting.
Merry Christmas to you and yours.

mistress maddie said...

Just want to wish you a merry Christmas and may it be the merriest yet.

greekwitch said...

You make history fun! I wish my teachers were like you.

greekwitch said...

Happy holidays for you and all your loved ones!
Mwah!

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Great post Debra. you have a gift. Merry Christmas.

Adam said...

Frankly, you'll are better off without us. Murica has it's flaws.

JACKIESUE said...

I bet if you take a poll of all americans not one of them know any american history that involves Canada...sigh*

Magic Love Crow said...

Very interesting!
Merry Christmas my friend ;o)
Thanks for liking the new look on my blog ;o)
Big Hugs and I hope Santa is good to you ;o)

Dr. Theda said...

The postal system was much slower in those days....