Canadian Identity and the War of 1812: How the Map of North America Could Look

In this lesson students will examine the impact of the War of 1812 on Canadian history and on the map of North America.  First, they will locate and re-create significant battles in the War of 1812.  Next, they will redraw the political boundaries of North America to illustrate how the division of space on this continent would be different if the United States had won the War of 1812.
  • Student Activity #1:  War of 1812 Basics (attached)
  • Teacher Handout:  The War of 1812 Important Events (attached)
  • Student Activity #2:  Mapping Assignment (attached)
  • Access to computers and the internet


James Madison and the War of 1812  1812

War of 1812

War of 1812 – The Canadian Encyclopedia   008442

  • Map of North America (overhead or computer projected)

A sample can be found at the Atlas of Canada:

Paper, markers and any other appropriate pro