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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