This speach was given at...
1812: A War of Many Faces
Oswego County War of 1812 Symposium
by Darren Bonaparte
A historian once remarked that the most curious aspects of the War of 1812 is that both sides thought they won it. The opposite was true for the people of Akwesasne, who fought on both sides of the conflict and suffered losses as the result of it. Most of the great wars of early American and Canadian history were really just the North American theater of whatever war was being waged in Europe. The War of 1812 was a spillover of the Napoleonic Wars as much as it was the “sequel” to the American Revolution. But for those who had to fight it, or see it fought around them, this was a deeply personal and local war....
This was true of First Nations, and especially of Akwesasne, where it gave new life to old divisions.