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The Battle of Fort George

Looking for a strategic stronghold in the region, the American Army shelled and destroyed all of the wooden buildings at Fort George on May 27, 1813.

Outnumbering the British 3 to 1, approximately 5000 Americans would cross the river and occupy the fort and the town of Niagara (presently Niagara-on-the-Lake) just 2 days later.

However, the Americans were unable to exploit this advantageous position, as the British and Aboriginal forces kept them from advancing any further. In the face of a British attack, the Americans saw no advantage in keeping their position, and retreated back across the Niagara River, just seven months after they captured the fort.


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