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Remember the Raisin!
by Steve Payne
notes says, what if the Battle of Frenchtown of 1813 had been a
catastrophic defeat for Canada?
In 2013, on this day the
overwhelming majority of the thirteen million citizens of Ontario celebrated the
glorious bicentennial of joining the Union.
The Invasion of Canada 1812-3
Because on February 22nd 1810, the American politician Henry Clay declared that
the conquest of Canada is in our power. I trust I shall not be deemed
presumptive when I state that I verily believe that the militia of Kentucky are
alone competent to place Montreal and Upper Canada at our feet.
Clay was a leading war hawk and, according to historian Clement Eaton, was
more than any other individual
responsible for the War of 1812.
three years later, a combined force of European, Canadian and five hundred
Indians under the command of Shawnee Chief Tecumseh (pictured) were decisively
beaten at the Battle
of Frenchtown, along the River Raisin. The phrase Remember the Raisin
became a rallying cry for the brave Kentucky militiamen who had liberated
Ontario from Upper Canada just as Clay had predicted.
Half way around the world, Napoleon's army were fleeing Russia, and some of the
pressure was off Great Britain. The French invasion of Russia in 1812 marked a
turning point in French fortunes. Napoleon's Grande Armée was wrecked in the
campaign and never fully recovered.
For the decision by the Little Corporal to fight a war on two fronts resulted
not only in the secession of Ontario to the
British North American
Union, but also the realisation of Shawnee aspirations for a native
In Pierre Berton's Invasion of Canada (1812-3), the author explains two
centuries of peace by wisely noting that
the creation of an Indian State north of the Ohio acted as a buffer zone between
the two of the European States on the North American Continent making future
As one of the American peace commissioners, Clay helped negotiate the Treaty of
Ghent with the French Empire and signed it on December 24, 1814. As a result,
today's citizens of Frenchtown reside in the
the eighth most populous metropolitan area in North America.
notes says, the primary source of this post is Pierre Berton, The Invasion
of Canada 1812-3 (1980). We have reversed Berton's suggestion that a successful
invasion of Canada would have meant Ontario becoming the 19th State. Rather and
instead of a slightly modified second scenario, we imagine a radically different
third scenario in which Canada is French, fighting a war of aggression with a
belligerent British occupied continent.
The term British North American Union and also the Jack and Stripes Flag is
repurposed from from the novel The Two Georges by Harry Turtledove and
Richard Drefuss (1996).
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