The Pork and Beans War

Almost thirty years after the War of 1812, the United States and British Canada almost got into another shooting match over the border in Maine.

Daniel Webster                               photo from WikiCommons

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Laura Secord: Canada’s “Paul Revere”

The American invasion of the Niagara peninsula in 1813 produced the enduring legend of one of Canada’s first national heroes, Laura Secord—who has been called “Canada’s Paul Revere”. It is hard to tell, however, how much of the Laura Secord story is myth and how much of it is historical reality.

Laura Secord                                                                  photo from Wiki Commons

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