2012 marks the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, the only armed conflict in history between Canada and the United States. Regularly overshadowed by the larger conflicts of the 19th and 20th centuries, the war was nonetheless a pivotal moment for both nations
For the Americans, the war saw the beginning of a proud naval tradition, and the United States' first steps onto the world stage as a military power. For Canadians, it was the first spark of our national identity, which grew into a flame in World War 1.
The War of 1812 was a moment of truth for the young nations of North America. Two hundred years later, it's worth remembering as a vital part of our history.
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