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Blame the Brits

Historians to examine state’s role, impact of War of 1812

The Battle of Lake Champlain, part of the Battle of Plattsburgh, portrayed in this 1816 engraving by B. Tanner, was fought in September of 1814 and was a complete American victory just before the end of the War of 1812. (image: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS)
The Battle of Lake Champlain, part of the Battle of Plattsburgh, portrayed in this 1816 engraving by B. Tanner, was fought in September of 1814 and was a complete American victory just before the end of the War of 1812. (image: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS)
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It’s often called “Mr. Madison’s War,” in derision, as well as “America’s forgotten war” and “America’s second war for independence.” The Canadians refer to it as the “war of U.S. aggression,” and both sides would have you believe they won it. To really appreciate the War of 1812, you have to scratch beneath the surface and look beyond the conflict’s indecisive conclusion. If that sounds compelling, then the Mabee Farm in Rotterdam Junction is the ...


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