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June 03, 2004

1814

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The Transplanted Texan explains how Canadians and Americans both managed to win the War of 1812. So... everybody here knows why it is the White House, right? Ok, I make joke. Canadians take this stuff far too seriously considering Canada did not exist at the time. This was a British victory and, to quote Tony Blair, "I know this is kind of late, but sorry."

It has been dismissed as an irreconcilable disagreement - the Canadians won't budge, and the Americans won't admit defeat - and it has thus been abandoned to the realms of sniping commentary (as was evidenced in my Canadian Lit class on Monday, during which the professor recalled that "Americans never seem to remember that we won the War of 1812"). But as I was thinking about it, I came to a realization. The two countries are approaching the event with two entirely different sets of assumptions and perspectives.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 3, 2004 08:55 AM

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