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Canada West 1841–1867  (Upper Canada 1791–1841, Ontario, 1867–)

Grand River Saga

For a Canadian story read the Mohawk Trilogy It’s all about the characters. Struggling outliers have run-ins with their wild environs. They dodge lawless American and European settlers. Protagonists are helpless to stop the dirty deeds of rapacious land speculators. Characters can hardly stand up to let alone push back against the people who take… Read more …

The Canadian Horse

A pleasure to attend Cavalia in Edmonton to see the Canadian horse taking its place with the other amazing geldings and stallions from all over the world. The Canadian horse was numerous among horse breeds during the 19th century and yet on the verge of extinction in the 20th century. Thanks to breeders and aficionados the… Read more …

Ruthven Park, Cayuga

The lie Ruthven Park tells, through omission, is one with both a long nose and short legs. David Thompson 1 [not the map-maker] was not a law-abiding person nor an honourable businessman. A fascinating character, he was nonetheless a schemer and a fraudster. The historic site’s failure to mention David Thompson’s unlawful activities cheats today’s Canadians,… Read more …

The War of 1812: the Bloody Assize and the hangings revisited

Bloody Assize revisited, 17 May 2012: 3 articles from The Hamilton Spectator   Artist Lori LeMare speaks about the paintings she did for the War of 1812 exhibit at Fieldcote Museum. The legs of the men hanged for being traitors are seen behind her. Hamilton Spectator By Mark McNeil  It must have been an incredible… Read more …

Death of Huronia. Arrival of United Empire Loyalists (1784). Jennet’s Uxbridge

“When the first white settlers arrived in Pickering and Whitby, Uxbridge and Reach, nothing of two hundred years of Huron, Iroquois and French occupation remained. Only the Mississauga ‘stood in the way’.” Leo A Johnson Disease and civil war smash and forever destroy Huron’s great civilization covering the upper country–variously Québec, Upper Canada, Canada West,… Read more …

AS IT WAS IN THE BEGINNING by E Pauline Johnson

Johnson’s tale (and her performance of it) would be grist for a Kent Monkman satirical painting or a Quentin Tarrentino revenge film.          The stage performance They account for it by the fact that I am a Redskin, but I am something else, too–I am a woman. I remember the first time I saw him…. Read more …

First Nations lose promised territory in the WAR of 1812-14

“In life, Tecumseh fought for the survival and continued sovereignty of the Shawnee people. Born in the Ohio Country in 1768 and killed on October 5, 1813, near Moraviantown, Upper Canada, he campaigned for a confederacy of Indigenous nations. He urged Aboriginal leaders, from the Great Lakes to Georgia, to affirm pan-tribal ownership of the… Read more …

Joseph Brant by Gilbert Stuart sells to American buyer for $7.5 million

Joseph Thayendanegea Brant (and his Volunteers) and John Butler (and his Rangers) pretty much save Canada/British North America for the Crown during American revolution. Artistic and/or historical worth to Canada of Gilbert Stuart‘s portrait of Thayendanegea is priceless. If value were a cow the painting would jump over the silvery moon. The Haudenosaunee’s Mohawk Pine Tree Chief wears… Read more …

BROOKLEA-Davisville

Davis Hamlet or Davisville is on the farm of Mohawk Chief Thomas Tehonwawenkaragwen Davis. Currently the site of Laurier University and Professor Gary Warrick’s archaeological dig, Davisville is situated northwest of Ohsweken and Brantford, and south of Paris. Davisville is there some time before the European villages of Brantford or Paris exist. And before Davisville, Haudenosaunee… Read more …