America at War with Canada
May 18, 1783, the first British Loyalists leave the United States and move to Nova Scotia, Canada.
After the signing of the Paris Treaty in the same year, the American Patriots in New York decided to strip the citizens who had supported the British during the American War of Independence of all their land and personal property.
Destitute, these Americans accepted the offer from the British of land if they chose to move north into Canada.
During the following years many more Americans decided to move north across the border and live in Canada.
Just over two decades later, the President of the United States and some of his fellow elected members believed they could march an army north and conquer Canada with no resistance.
Their logic was based on the fact that it was mostly former Americans living in Canada and they would not wish to fight other Americans.
America declared war against Canada in 1812. In the beginning, there was little opposition, but then the invading Americans began to burn the homes and loot the property of the former Americans living in Canada.
Remembering how Americans had treated the British Loyalists back in 1783, all peoples of Canada including Native Americans rose up in armed defence for their country.
With the support of the British, Canadians sailed into Washington, DC, sacked the capital and set fire to the White House. Battles along the border were now fought in earnest and the invading Americans were soundly routed and sent fleeing south back to their own country in fear of their lives.
This was mostly a political war instigated by a few elected officials convinced an aggressive action and intimidation would result in easy spoils for the newly formed American nation.
Few American citizens wanted a war with Canada. Soon after the war ended, free trade and good relations were restored between the two nations.
History Repeats Itself
Today for the first time in over 200 years we see Americans once again fleeing to Canada seeking refugee status and for the very same reasons. They are afraid of the way they are being treated in their own country.
Once again, an American President sees Canada as easy pickings and has already declared an economic war on Canada, its neighbour to the north.
A country who is their best and biggest trading partner. A country who has proven time and again to be Americas strongest military ally having fought shoulder to shoulder alongside America in every major military conflict American has been involved in since the war of 1812.
Is this new hostility towards Canada in the best interest of the American People? Does Trump plan to physically invade Canada when he realizes his economic push will end in disaster for his own country?
Will the people of America let hm try to conquer Canada or will this result in civil war breaking out in the United States?
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“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” –Leo Tolstoy
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