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Date > 1800

British Raid on Sackets Harbor Fails

Type: Document

As the summer of 1813 progressed, the British regained control of Lake Ontario, and their fleet covered a landing at Sacket Harbour, the main American shipyard on the Lake. The British were beaten back with heavy losses by the defenders, led by General Jacob Brown.

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American Raid on York

Type: Document

American efforts to build a navy on Lake Ontario gave them control of the lake in the spring of 1813. They launched a successful raid on the capital of Upper Canada, York (present-day Toronto) in April 1813. The defenders were defeated, and the town partially looted and burned.

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The battle of Queenston Heights, 13 October 1812

Type: Image

This 1836 engraving shows American troops (shown in blue uniforms) crossing the Niagara River and landing at Queenston. British and Canadian troops (shown in red uniforms) under General Isaac Brock came from Newark (now Niagara-on-the-Lake) and drove the Americans back to the heights. Seeing this, New York militiamen still on the American shore refused to cross into Canada to reinforce the troops there. General Brock was killed during an early attack on the heights. The original sketch copied by this engraving was made by James Dennis (1796-1855), the senior British officer at Queenston when the Americans first landed. His grenadier company of the 49th (the Hertfordshire) Regiment of Foot fought throughout the battle. (Library and Archives Canada, C-000276)

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Invasion Repelled at Queenston

Type: Document

General Brock led his troops to face an American thrust across the Niagara River in October 1812. Although Brock died in the battle of Queenston Heights, the large but badly led American invasion force was forced to surrender.

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