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The death of U.S. General Pike at the battle of York, 27 April 1813

Caption: The death of U.S. General Pike at the battle of York, 27 April 1813

York (present-day Toronto, Ontario) was captured by the Americans after a battle on 27 April 1813. Brigadier Zebulon Pike (1779-1813) was second in command of the American army forces involved. Best known for the mountain (Pike's Peak) named after him, the officer was killed by falling debris from the explosion of a powder magazine destroyed by retreating British forces. This structures shown in this American print of 1839 bear little resemblance to the actual fortifications at York, while the town itself was actually out of sight further to the east.