Sunday, June 22, 2014

Today in Canadian Royalist History

It was on this day in 1813 that Canadian heroine Laura Secord set out on a 20-mile long, cross country journey to warn the Crown forces under British Lieutenant James FitzGibbon of an impending American surprise attack on Beaver Dams in the province of Ontario. A force of British troops and Native American warriors were able to prepare and repel the American attack. In all the excitement of the War of 1812, the heroic act of Laura Secord was forgotten for a time until the Prince of Wales (future King Edward VII) awarded her 100 pounds (obviously a great deal more in 1860 than it is now) for her contribution in saving Canada from American conquest. In the years since her story became part of the national story of Canada, for the benefit of American audiences sometimes referring to her as the 'Canadian Paul Revere'.

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