Datebook: Congress Declares War on UK 200 Years Ago

Jun 18, 2012

The War of 1812 began on this day in... what was that year again? Several reasons prompted this war, including trade restrictions brought about by Britain's ongoing war with France, the seizing of American merchant sailors into the Royal Navy, British support of American Indian tribes against American expansion, outrage over insults to national honor after humiliations on the high seas, and possible American desire to annex Canada. 

With attention on Europe, the British first used defensive strategy, repelling American invasions in Canada, which American troops had commandeered in Lake Erie and parts of Ontario. After defeating Napoleon, Britain launched more troops to seize Washington D.C., though American victories repulsed the British at New York, Baltimore, and New Orleans. The Battle of New Orleans and Battle of Baltimore (which inspired the "Star Spangled Banner"), inspired the "Era of Good Feelings." Canada had emerged from the war with solidarity, pushing back the Americans. Today, this war is considered more of a conflict, considering their war against Napoleon, as such welcoming an era of peaceful relations and trade with the US upon the signing of the Treaty of Ghent. 


It’s Monday, June 18

The McCracken County Extension Office Master Chefs will offer a cooking class on Thursday at 5:30 at the Paducah Recreation Center.  This week’s topic is cooking entire meals using only a microwave.  The cost for the class is $1.  Register before noon on Wednesday by calling 444-8677.

The Nature Station at Land Between the Lakes offers a Woodland Walk tomorrow morning at 11.  The 1-mile guided hike goes through the woods, along a lakeshore, and beside a field in search of wildlife and native trees.  The program is free.

There’s a Re-employment Job Fair tomorrow from 10 to 2 at the Pontotoc Civic Center in Fulton.  The event is for those wanting to re-enter the workforce, find a better job, or start a new career.  There will be opportunities to meet with area companies who are hiring.  For more information, contact the Mayfield Career Center at (270) 247-3857.

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