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The War of 1812, and the Battle of Baltimore

The entry below is a synopsis of our speakers talk on 27th March 2019.

Mr Dick Madeley who formally working at the RVI and Newcastle General Hospital as a diagnostic Biologist gave very interesting presentation this week entitled “The War of 1812, and the Battle of Baltimore”.

Dick started by showing us a picture of “The Bombardment of Fort McHenry, Baltimore” giving the impression of the Bomb Ships and Congreve rockets may have been like and then went on to explain how he became interested in American History when he was a boy and has kept it all of his life, also the talk today was the result of a cruise from the Bahamas to New York via Washington & Baltimore in 2018. One unusual fact was that the war started by the American Congress started 1st June 1812 and ended 17th February 1815, by the Treaty of Ghent signed 24th December 1814 in Belgium but the war actually continued until the news of the treaty got back to America.

Dick went on to name the Generals in charge on both sides 3 on each side and at the end two of the English generals had been killed, there was wins and losses on each side and territories gained and lost which at the end had to be given back to conform to the of Ghent Treaty. The only one to lose out were the native Americans as no one was interested in what they wanted (No change there then).

To put things in perspective we were shown maps of the American states at the time which was just down the eastern coast not even down to Florida with the French, Indian Nations and Spanish holding the largest part of the country. The French sold their lands to the USA in The Louisiana Purchase 1803 for the some of 50m francs and debt cancellation of 68m francs ($15m) 530m acres = 28cents per acre. The battle of Baltimore was then outlined with all the events up to the end when the Ghent Treaty arrived.

This was a very good morning for all our members who thoroughly enjoyed the presentation.

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