Column: War of 1812 in The Acadian Recorder

Between today and Saturday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Tuesday: The Kings County Record (Sussex)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin

Thursday: The Western Star (Corner Brook)

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Title: War of 1812 in The Acadian Recorder

Snippet: Catching up on current news two hundred years ago was difficult. There was no Internet, no radio or television and newspapers were few and far between. News was most often shared by word of mouth or through letters. Reports could be months old before they were received, and with a nation at war, late news could drastically affect Canadians living along the coastline and inland borders.

War of 1812 news was brought into port by ships as they returned from battles on the high seas. Even then, the news might be weeks old. In the case of the HMS Guerriere, it appeared in the newspaper months after the ship was captured and sank, and its captain, James Richard Dacres, was returned to Halifax in a prisoner exchange.

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.


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