Niagara Gazette — Explains Erie County Historian Doug Kohler, “While the War of 1812 was a constant presence on the Niagara Frontier, no year affected the residents of our area like 1813. For two weeks that December, settlers stood to defend their villages, watched as their homes burned and gave shelter to those displaced throughout that winter.”
Michelle Blackley, communications manager for the Niagara Tourism & Convention Corp., noted the activities will highlight the region’s rich history and culture. The American Bus Association has named the Encampment at Old Fort Niagara among its “Top 10 Events for 2013,” Blackley said. That mass marketing and advertising effort is expected to generate a sharp increase in motorcoach tours to the Niagara area.
Two centuries after the peace treaty was signed, historians still debate the causes of the war. Among the reasons generally accepted: British restrictions on U.S. trade with France, a nation then at war with England; the British removing sailors from U.S. vessels and forcing them into the Royal Navy; and the British perception that the United States was planning to annex Canada, then considered British territory.