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Old July 9th, 2011, 02:33 AM   #1

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Did America ever plan to Conquer Canada?


A rather intriguing question on my mind

I'm sure our fellow American members can help answer this. Did the Americans ever plan to conquer Canada ? Maybe because it was British at the time ?

I'm not sure about you but, defeating Britain... and expanding on the continent.... Surely, it was contemplated to invade Canada at one point, right ?

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Yes they did, but got a nasty surprise.
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Old July 9th, 2011, 02:37 AM   #3

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No. After the Canadians burned down the White House, the Americans realised it was better to lie low and try not to make any trouble.
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I believe the Americans DID try to conquer Canada in the War of 1812, and I think besieged Quebec, but were beaten back when British reinforcements arrived.
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No. After the Canadians burned down the White House, the Americans realised it was better to lie low and try not to make any trouble.
"Canadians burned down the White House...." You need to look that one up.

Canadians hadn't yet learned fom the Indians how to make fire, eh.

I'm kidding there, but Sankari, you can't be that lazy. That is what Wiki is for - factual information for use in meaningless internet banter.
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I believe the Americans DID try to conquer Canada in the War of 1812, and I think besieged Quebec, but were beaten back when British reinforcements arrived.
"Conquering Canada" would have been as impossible as the British conquering the United States. The attempt at taking control of part of the St. Lawrence River valley would have been to use it as a bargaining chip in any negotiations, nothing more.

We couldn't do it in 1812 - our resources were not up to the job. By the time of Confederation in 1867, the US didn't need to "conquer" Canada as the US had plenty of land to spread out in, and anyway relations with Britain became more favorable in the decade or so after 1867.
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"Canadians burned down the White House...." You need to look that one up.

Canadians hadn't yet learned fom the Indians how to make fire, eh.

I'm kidding there, but Sankari, you can't be that lazy. That is what Wiki is for - factual information for use in meaningless internet banter.
OK, let's call them British militiamen from the former colony now known as Canada. Does that make you feel any better?

They'll always be Canadians to me.
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I'm not aware of any invasion plans after 1812, however there were the Alabama claims. This is where the US tried to annex British Columbia, Manitoba and Nova Scotia from the British.
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I'm not aware of any invasion plans after 1812, however there were the Alabama claims. This is where the US tried to annex British Columbia, Manitoba and Nova Scotia from the British.
There was War Plan Red in the 1920s, unlikely as that ever was to come about.

It should also be noted that there was a counter strategy on the part of the UK/Canada known as "Defence Scheme No. 1." That called for the occupation of Seattle, Minneapolis and Albany down the Hudson valley.

Dusty contingency plans all.
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OK, let's call them British militiamen from the former colony now known as Canada. Does that make you feel any better?

They'll always be Canadians to me.
It should make you feel better if you do not post another "one-liner" with bad information.

The operations along the Chesapeake Bay, and the burning of the Capitol and White House were done by British regular troops and sailors, not by Canadian militia.
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