http://canadahistory.com/sections/war/1812/1812.html

This campaign, fought nearly a century and a half ago against an adversary who is now the fast friend and essential ally or Canada, will repay study by anyone seeking enlightenment as to the qualities that make a great commander. 

For me, choosing a link that I could really focus on was extremely difficult. One of the reasons may be because of my lack of knowledge about the colonization of Canada. When you lack knowledge on a certain topic, it is extremely difficult to be able to understand complex ideas about that topic. I had to do brief readings about the colonization of Canada before even getting a brief idea about what it was about. Nevertheless, there was one event during the colonization of Canada that I remembered being mentioned when I was watching a program on TV in middle school. (Who knew watching TV would actually come in handy)

Although I didn’t know much about the War of 1812, I now understand that it was primarily caused by trade issues, and that the Americans wanted to expand land. At the time, Canada wasn’t even an independent country, and was instead several different British colonies. The Canadian-British forces were at a huge disadvantage to the Americans and it may have seem apparent that the Americans were in favour of winning the war; however, Canadians always feel a sense of pride that Canadian-British forces had planned and succeeded despite being so greatly out numbered. The war of 1812 may not have seemed significant in terms of Canadian development, but many historians believe that if the war had never happened, much of Canada may today be known as part of the United states.

The War of 1812 really ties in with almost all sections of B,C, and D that focuses of economy and governance of Canada. The War of 1812 roughly ended around December in 1814 and the prescribed learning outcomes start around 1815 and end in 1914. Even though the War of 1812 ended before the prescribed learning outcomes, learning about the war is essential to understanding the entire colonization of Canada.