Michigan on the Eve of the War of 1812 (John and Audrey Cumming Lecture)
by Brian Dunnigan
November 1, 2011 7 p.m.
If the War of 1812 is remembered, it is usually for two events; the burning of Washington by British troop in 1813 and the victory of Americans at the Battle of New Orleans in 1814. But in the Midwest the war had deep, if often forgotten, significance. Allied Native Americans warriors and the British soldiers fought the U.S. to create an Indian “buffer state” between the United States and British Canada that would have included most of presentday Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. Brian Dunnigan, map curator at the William Clements Library at the University of Michigan, will describe both what was at stake and, on the eve of war, each sides chance of victory.
November 1, 2011, 7 p.m.
Park Library Auditorium
Reception following in the Clarke Historical Library
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