MGillespie wrote: Lawrence wrote:
Didn't the people who now make scotch burn down the White House and Capitol buildings in that war? I think it was a minor regional
Nahhhh...they're too young...must have been their ancestors, along with some of Lawrence's countrymen seeking advance revenge for all the stuff we've inflicted on Canada ever since.
(Though I think sending Celine Dion down here pretty much evened that score!)
Anyway, I think it was the folks from down south that started that nasty little regional scrap...the good people of Scotland had far better things to do...like making Scotch!
Yes, the "Kentucky War Hawks" (at least some of whom, I suspect, were of Scots ancestry), who wanted to annex Canada to the US. "A mere matter of marching," they said in colossal miscalculation (sound familiar?).
Okay for Lawrence to call it a regional conflict--as far as European settlement is concerned, his own region barely existed at the time. Cook landed in 1778, and Fort Victoria was not founded until 1843.(The Tlingit, Kwakiutl, and Haida will have a different view, of course.)
Washington was burned by mainly English troops, Wellington's Invincibles, under Major-General Robert Ross, an Irishman. The event was the culmination of a series of retributive acts going back to the burning of Newark, Ontario (now Niagara-on-the-Lake).
Interested persons may search for Pierre Berton's two-volume history of the War of 1812, The Invasion of Canada
and Flames Across the Border
. According to his memoir, Berton drank Canadian rye.