Who won the War of 1812?
May 19, 2006 7:21 AM Subscribe
Does who won the War of 1812 depend on where you live?
posted by joannemerriam to Education (44 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm Canadian and was taught in school that the British (and by extension Canada, even though we didn't exist yet) won the War of 1812 since "we" repelled the American invasion into British North America (now Canada) and incidentally burned down the White House, which I think is pretty much all most Canadian schoolkids retain from that chapter (unless they also remember where the Laura Secord chocolate company gets its name).
My husband is American and was taught that the U.S. won the War of 1812, I guess because the British didn't gain back any territory despite their counter-invasion? Or for some other reason? I am pretty hazy on this. The Americans I've talked to about it seem to regard the War of 1812 as an extension of the Revolutionary War, which I don't understand.
Who is right? Was my education skewed by patriotic concerns - or was his - or both? Is this simply a matter of interpretation?
I'm interested both in the facts about the war itself, and also in what people from various areas are taught about it.