From the ashes: The Niagara District in the War of 1812

Legare, Jennifer M.
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University of Guelph

This thesis is an investigation of the socio-economic effect of the War of 1812 on the Niagara District, Upper Canada. An analysis of the ' Report' of the Loyal and Patriotic Society, and the 'Records ' of the War Claims Commission that sat from 1823-1826, provides a detailed breakdown of the damages inflicted by His Majesty's Troops and Militia, American troops, and Natives attached to both armies, based on township, gender, year claimed, goods claimed, and amounts claimed versus those granted, as well as a breakdown of claims based on the population of the District. This study shows that the damages to the Niagara District are localized and related to geographic location and to specific troop movements and occupation and therefore clarifies the extent of the damages, and provides a greater understanding of the experiences of the District as a result of the War.

socio-economic effect, War of 1812, Niagara District, Upper Canada