Do you wonder why the War of 1812 was waged between England and the United States? Perhaps the map will help, it’s satellite of the current 2013 border between America and Canada, especially in the Great Lakes Region. Do you notice the “bulge” of British territory striking into our Great Lakes Region like the head of a spear? This border, along with the sovereign rights of a new nation, surrounded by continued British holdings, were the major catalysts for this “under” celebrated war in American history. 200 years ago today America and Britain were at war, it’s not that long ago and today the Anglo-American alliance is unbreakable. Can you imagine a world where the American Navy and Royal Navy are firing on one another on the high seas? We could have warred with the British for years for every inch of our current northern border with Canada, having it expand ever futher north. Instead, the Americans would make peace with the British because in 1815 the true wealth, fortune, and opportunity lied to the West and they weren’t British holdings. The Spanish holdings in the west were next for the taking.
I’m not going to sit here and try to write a history of the War of 1812, just look at the map in the upper right, it’s all the explaining one will ever need for today’s society. For the great state of Ohio, the War of 1812 was a crucial event, taking place in her territory because it was the border with the enemy country. It’s the reason the first trails were cut through Northwest Ohio, to try and reinforce Fort Detroit because strategists knew the enemy would come from the west because of the vulnerability.