I’ve heard several comments about Canada invading the US, but with the exception of some modest gains in the War of 1812 I really have no idea what these people are talking about.
I’ve even heard comments that Canada demolished the US and it’s heavily implied that the US lost the War (and yeah, I know it was more or less a draw). One person even went so far as to say that Canadian forces (not British/Canadian) pushed all the way through the northern states to burn DC and that doesn’t remotely jive with what I’ve learned over the years. I was under the impression that British forces landed in Washington and did the damage. I’m aware that the British/Canadians captured Detroit and some forts on American territory but what’s the big deal about pointing out that Canada invaded the US with only these achievements to show? From what I see the majority of fighting along the Canadian/US border was give and take for both sides.
I am honestly not trying to start some sort of jingoistic shouting match between Canadians and Americans; I’m just trying to figure out why some Canadians point out with such fervor that they invaded the US and if there is some crucial piece of information that I’ve missed. Also some of the more ridiculous comments listed above came from one person and are not typical of what people have said to me on this subject.
Is there something in my history lessons and books that I missed? Could someone shed some light on this subject for me?