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Forts Across Canada - War of 1812

Updated on September 14, 2014

Forts Across Canada unit study

This is the second module in the unit study. It is a fun and interesting way to learn about the history and geography of Canada while studying the forts used in the War of 1812. Information and activities are combined to make the learning fun!

Military Forts

Blockhouses were forts specially designed for North America and were the most common type of military fort. They were simple to build and could be built quickly.

Download the entire unit study to find out about the structure of the forts and their cannons!

Did You Know?

Fort Erie was the first British fort built after the British took Upper Canada from the French.


Fort Henry, was originally built of logs and earth. It was extended and improved in 1814 and by 1820 it was the strongest fortress west of Quebec. Although the Americans never attacked Fort Henry during the War of 1812 it was an important stronghold needed to protect along the Great Lakes waterway.

Did You Know?

You can use an anagram to help remember the names of the Great Lakes. Like HOMES.

The Start of the War

In June of 1812 U.S. president James Madison declared war on Great Britain. The Americans targeted British North America (Canada), a British colony, just across the border. They believed that taking over Canada was "a mere matter of marching"

Download the entire unit study to find out what caused the Americans to declare war.

Did You Know?

Acting Lt. Governor Isaac Brock and Shawnee Chief Tecumseh met at Fort Amherstburg.

Laura Secord

Laura Secord overheard a conversation between American soldiers about a plan to march towards Lt. James FitzGibbon*s post at Beaver Dams. Laura, loyal to the British crown knew she had to warn Fitzgibbon of the attack.

download the entire unit study to find out about Laura's ardorous journey that made her a heroine.

Did You Know?

Although stories tell of Laura*s trek through the woods with a cow (as part of her cover) - she did not take a cow with her.

Burning of Washington

In August of 1814 the British marched into America's capitol, Washington D.C. They burned all the public buildings, including the Capitol Building, presidential residences, and the Treasury Building and then left.

download the entire unit study to find out why the British vandalized the capitol city.

Did You Know?

A small scorch mark remains in the White House so that every president has to pass it in the doorway and be reminded of vulnerability.

The End of the War

photo by Sandra Wilson
photo by Sandra Wilson

By 1814,both the British and Americans were getting tired of the long expensive war and at last on December 24th, 1814 the Treaty of Ghent was signed.

download the entire unit study to find out what the Treaty outlined and who actually won the war!

Did You Know?

Months after the Treaty was signed other battles took place because news and not yet been received that the war was over!

Try it Yourself!

Download the full unit study to supplement your lessons or as a lesson itself.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      great read this morning, I enjoy history either watching, reading or hearing about it so this was a treat this morning!

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      Sandra Wilson 5 years ago from Wilson Education Resource Centre

      @marigoldina: I have been to a couple of them - looking forward to going next year as it will be the 200th anniversary of the war - re-enactments and more to see!

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      Heather B 5 years ago

      I'm sure I've visited one of these forts but I can't remember which one. It was a long while back!

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      Evelyn Saenz 6 years ago from Royalton

      Another wonderful addition to The Homeschool Club. Thank you for teaching us about the Canadian Forts from the War of 1812. Don't forget to leave a link on our Facebook Fanpage of The Homeschool Club.