War of 1812 in the Old Northwest

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    In 1812, a very young United States of America had its sights set on expansion to the north and the west. But the British  wanted to keep its former colony tightly contained.  In the balance were the lands of the Northwestern Frontier. 

    England's Canadian provinces wanted a buffer zone between their lands and what they perceived as a hostile United States. The native peoples who called this land their home, wanted it declared a self-governing Indian territory; an independent nation.  The United States wanted to settle the frontier, as they felt they had been promised at the end of the Revolutionary War. 

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  • The People

    The people who fought on the Northwestern Frontier understood that the future of the Great Lakes region would be decided by the War of 1812.  Meet the British, American and Native leaders whose actions led to the drawing of our present-day international borders, and set the stage for how our each side would treat the others into the future.

  • The Places

    The War of 1812 on the Northwestern Frontier was fought from Kentucky and the Ohio River; through Indiana and Ohio; across Michigan and Canada; and on the rolling waves of the Great Lakes.  Learn how geography and place was a factor of war.

  • Additional Resources

    WGTE presents some of the region's most respected scholars and authors talking about their research into the War of 1812.  Find out more about the personalities that shaped the tide of war and the events that led to ultimate conflict.

  • Project Historians

    The War of 1812 in the Old Northwest is funded in part by the Ohio Humanitites Council.  In accordance with OHC guidelines for historical projects, this documentary has a team of qualified and esteemed historians, authors and experts.  Find out more...