Toledo Stories: War of 1812 in the Old Northwest
Thursday, February 27 at 8:00 p.m.
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.
The frontier was a gateway to further western expansion; a Great Lakes highway to natural resources; and a military challenge to the combatants.
The War of 1812 would decide who controlled the lands of the Northwestern Frontier, and the future of a continent.
This Emmy Award-nominated WGTE production features noted scholars and experts, including Randy Buchman, David Skaggs, Eric Hemenway, who works in the Cultural Preservation Department for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians in Northern Michigan and author/journalist Douglas Brinkley, as well as stunning HD footage and archival images to tell the story of the War of 1812 in the Old Northest.
Pictured at right, top to bottom: Oliver Hazard Perry, Tecumseh, William Henry Harrison.