Explosion 1812


The United States invaded Upper Canada in June 1812, declaring war while Britain was locked in a monumental struggle against Napoleon across the Atlantic. On paper, the colony was poorly defended – vulnerable to attack because it relied on Native allies and a part-time militia for defence.

The militia was made up local inhabitants, many of them former Americans. US politicians thought they’d be welcomed with open arms. Former president Thomas Jefferson said victory was a “mere matter of marching.”

But the invasion failed. What went wrong for the Americans?

Cast/Participants: Andy Robertshaw, Dan Snow, Ron Williamson