Monday, May 28, 2012

 Fort Niagara, Youngstown, New York, seen from across the river in Canada

Last week on our way back home from a visit with family in Upstate New York, my husband and I took a mini-tour along the Niagara River, part of the border between Canada and the United States.

A bit of history: the years 1812 to 1815 was a period of conflict between the British Empire and the United States - the LAST war between them. For the next three years (2012 to 2015) Ontario is celebrating two centuries of peace with our neighboors to the south.

 Fort Niagara in relation to the Canada/U.S. boundary on the Great Lakes

During the American Revolution (1775 to 1783), the British held Fort Niagara but ceded it to the United States in 1796. However the British recaptured it in 1813...only to cede it back to the U.S. in 1815 at the end of the War of 1812.

Niagara River emptying into Lake Ontario

Today the fort is open to tourists and a year and-a-half ago I was one of them, which I posted about HERE and HERE.

Red-roofed Coast Guard building

Now the U.S. Coast Guard is the only military presence.

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42 comments:

Sandra said...

thanks for the map, that shows a lot i did not know. i like that last photo with the red roof in it. i visited Niagra falls when i was 8 manymoons ago

Andy said...

Fort Niagara is a very impressive sight to view from the Canadian. This year is also the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. Many historical reenactments are planned. So keep your camera handy.

Malyss said...

How interesting! This fort is looking well, people are caring here.I like to read french names on the map! :o)

Buttons said...

Very cool I love history. B

Betty Roan said...

Looks like a beautiful day for a drive along the river. Interesting history.

Dianne said...

I love the white house with the red roof
beautiful scenes

see you there! said...

Interesting fort, thanks for including the map and history lesson.

Darla

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Very interesting, well I think the USA had be celebrating 200 years of peace also!

Birdman said...

Never seen it from this side. Thanks.

Betty Manousos said...

interesting history and photos.
thanks for sharing both.

thanks for the map also.

wish you a great week ahead!

Elisa said...

Such a wonderful landscape!
Have a nice week:)

Carver said...

Beautiful shots and interesting history.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Loved hearing the history and seeing the map. I visited Niagara Falls last October, but did not get to see the fort.

Paul in Powell River said...

I've never been to the American side of the Falls - maybe something I should put on my list!

cieldequimper said...

I love a good historical post!

Lois Evensen said...

It's a lovely area as are your images. We have visited there several times. Very, very nice.

RedPat said...

I've never been over to see it!

VioletSky said...

I have become quite immersed in War of 1812 events... and with each event I usually learn some little snippet that is new.

llandudnopictures said...

Fantastic piece of history, captured perfectly in your images,

Sylvia K said...

Marvelous captures for the day as always and I love the history as well. I've never been to that particular area, but I would love to visit there. Your photos are the next best thing! Hope you have a great week!

Sylvia

Gary said...

Great post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Loved the history. We haven't had a chance to visit this area -- hope to.

Lucie Cermanova said...

Gorgeous landscape! Have a great day.

Randi said...

Such an interesting and great post!

Joyful said...

I once took a boat tour through some of these waters (starting point was Gananoque). It was a gift for my mom and we both enjoyed it a lot.

eileeninmd said...

Cool shots of the Fort, it would be nice to take the tour and learn the history. Great shots, have a wonderful week!

aka Penelope said...

The fort certainly looks secure and like a protective shell … thank goodness we all get along now.

Jack said...

This is an interesting bit of history. The War of 1812 was an odd one. You could ask a dozen well educated Americans what that war was about and I doubt you would get two nearly accurate answers. In all honesty, I would be among the ten with a confused stare.

George said...

I enjoyed your pictures -- they brought back many memories. In 2002 we visited Fort George(?) on the Canadian side of the river and saw Fort Niagara much as you showed it. We finally were able to visit Fort Niagara itself four years ago.

Susan said...

Wow, I love these photos! I would love to visit there!

Stephanie said...

I stood where you were a few years back. My aunt lives nearby. Really nice shots!

Indrani said...

Lovely pictures.

ladyfi said...

It's so picturesque! What a lovely tour.

LONDONLULU said...

I have dearly wanted to swing by this part of the world for a long time. Sigh, thanks for the virtual tour!

NatureFootstep said...

I was in Hamilton once but ddid not se much of it as we sere rope skipping the whole trip. :)

NatureFootstep said...

forgot, mine is on the travel blog today

http://nftravel.blogspot.se/2012/05/birding-on-oland-120503-thursday.html

Black Jack's Carol said...

I can't put my finger on it, but there is an "aged" quality in your photographs that I really like. The hues are somehow muted, and feel as though they could have been shot long ago. That seems to bring the sense of history alive. I am so appreciative that two major countries have achieved two centuries of peace. Now, if we could patent that formula for the world's benefit.

NixBlog said...

Interesting post with some great captures.

NixBlog said...

Interesting post with some great captures.

Karen said...

Great post! We are taking our grandie to Niagara Falls this summer.

Nature in the Burbs said...

Nice!

Genie said...

What lovely captures of a piece of history I have not seen. I find it interesting it went back and forth two times. I am glad that bit of fighting is long behind us. Wish all the rest would subside. Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a words which was at peace. genie

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