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History Lecture Series – The impact of the War of 1812 at Home and on the Nation

OSWEGO, NY – The H. Lee White Museum and Maritime Center is pleased to present its September lecture “The Impact of the War of 1812 at Home and on our Nation” by Michael Pittavino on Sept. 14 at 1:30 p.m.

The War of 1812 was a turning point in American history,  improving our commerce, industry and technology, which lead to the great westward expansion of the United States.

Michael Pittavino
Michael Pittavino

Up until the war to defend “Free Trade and Sailors Rights” roughly half of American exports were shipped directly to Great Britain.

The battles over trade on the Great Lakes and beyond and impressment of U.S. sailors by the British led to the creation of a formal maritime fleet, our nation’s first official United States Navy.

Pittavino will discuss how the War of 1812 ushered in an era of both domestic and international commerce that propelled the United States into an industrial revolution.

“Mike has been with the museum for the last year and a half and has brought his knowledge and research skills to new exhibits here at the museum. He also presented on our behalf last summer during the canal schooner, Lois McClure, visit. We are thrilled to have Mike presenting on this very relevant topic.” said Mercedes Niess, executive director of the museum and maritime center.

From foreign policy and the Treaty of Ghent to the New York State Canal System and westward expansion, Pittavino, a resident of Sackets Harbor and history graduate student at SUNY Oswego, will discuss how the War of 1812 shaped not only the city of Oswego, but the entirety of the United States.

This program is free to the public.

The museum is located in Oswego’s Historic Maritime District on West First Street Pier.

For more information contact the museum at (315) 342.0480 or visit; hleewhitemarinemuseum.com or facebook.com/hlwmm

1 Comment

  1. I’m interested in how the historian tries to spin Britain dropping the Orders in Council restricting American trade BEFORE the war began as an American victory.

    Here’s the history of 1812 in a nutshell:
    The U.S. entered a war for increased international trading capabilities and, as Jefferson put it: “The acquisition of Canada this year, as far as the neighborhood of Quebec… the next and final expulsion of England from the American continent””.

    You left the war without claiming Canada and your international trading capacity was left horribly weakened for the next decade due to naval losses.

    You would do well to stop counting that outcome as a “win” because things eventually got better. Anyone who reads the Treaty of Ghent should realize that the United States didn’t win the off-touted trade advantages historians go on about.

    Those advantages were won by America’s PEACEFUL INNOVATION. Why not glorify that – the most amazing accomplishment in the world – instead of misrepresenting the one war you didn’t do so good in?

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