The War of 1812
Two Neighbors Guard Their Border
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Work began on the Erie Canal in 1817
Our history books don't mention this as a reason for our interest in digging a canal around Lake Ontario, but Canada and the US were enemies in the War of 1812, and both countries embarked on canal-building programs shortly after it ended in 1815. It's true that the Erie's commercial success was reason enough for the Canadians to want their own canal system, but their record shows that something else was very much on their minds at the time: (Learn more - read the second paragraph of the link).