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Collossal Miscalculation

The War of 1812 was not kind to William Hull’s reputation.  He like many other Americans, including Thomas Jefferson1, mistakenly supposed that the Canadians would welcome the invading Americans with open arms.

The arms with which they greeted the Americans were of a different sort.  Little more than a month after this proclamation was issued, Hull would surrender Detroit.  An action for which he was court-martialed and sentenced to death. (Madison commuted his sentence.)

General Hull's Proclamation

General Hull's Proclamation - part 2

1“… the acquisition of Canada this year, as far as the neighborhood of Quebec, will be a mere matter of marching, and will give us the experience for the attack on Halifax, the next and final expulsion of England from the American continent.” Thomas Jefferson, 1812

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1 willard randall { 11.13.11 at 3:50 am }

Thanks for this enlightening document and useful links. Americans have never understood Canadians and vice versa. “Good fences make good neighbors.”

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Martin Reply:

You are most welcome. I am glad you found it interesting. I’ve recently started reading about the aftermath of the Revolution and War of 1812. Maya Jasanoff’s book Liberty’s Exiles and the recent PBS series were two very enlightening sources.

You are quite right, at least on the American side of things. There is still a sense of “why don’t they just become part of the US already?” Popular novelist Clive Cussler even wrote a book in which this was a big part of the plot. Then in subsequent books he referred to the United States of Canada. In the book, there was a long undiscovered treaty and bringing it to light was enough to cause the two countries to meld.

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