After the winter slow down, the War of 1812 commemoration events are back in action.
The National Park Service/Chesapeake Bay Office deserves some kind of an award for the work they are doing. Their updated website for "The Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail" is fantastic.
I am learning a lot, such as the effects it had on Native Americans.
The story was very different for American Indians, most of whom allied themselves with the British. They experienced some of the most brutal fighting of the war along the western and southern frontiers and in Upper Canada. Their great leader Tecumseh died in battle, and with him died the vision of a confederacy of native nations united to protect their territory and traditional ways of life. The Treaty of Ghent did nothing to restore Indian lands, and with the end of the war they lost their British allies. There was nothing to stem the devastating tide of westward expansion that followed the war.