Canadian History: Thank You, America.
The year 1812 was a tumultuous time. People were being born, and people were dying. Inventions were either being brought into existence, or being mentally conceived. Stuff was happening everywhere, including North America. It was amazing.
Also, there was a war. It was called “The War of 1812”. It started in the year 1812 and lasted until 1815, which makes me wonder why it isn’t called “The War of 1812 to 1815”, which would make much more sense. Oh well…historians…pffff.
Now, this post isn’t a rehashing of the War of 1812 to 1815, but only a rehashing of a piece of it. The piece where British Canadian troops invaded and captured a large part of Maine and occupied it for the duration of the war. The British Canadian troops also captured Detroit, but quickly gave it back.
After the war was over, the Holigonians, as citizens of Halifax, Nova Scotia are known, who were occupying the State, raided the treasury that contained taxes which had been collected from American citizens during the occupation. They took this money and ran, prompting the Steve Miller Band to write a song about the incident.
(Did the Steve Miller Band write this song about an incident that happened during the War of 1812 to 1815? You be the judge.)
The Haligonians then returned to Halifax, and, after dressing up as Leprechauns and getting wasted, they tried to figure out what to do with the money.
“Let’s build a high quality cat house so that we can attract lots of high quality hookers,” suggested a group of sailors.
“I really like that cat house idea,” agreed the local, and half-insane, cat lady.
Finally, a young urchin, with shabby clothing and a head full of lice stepped forward and suggested that the American money be used to build something important for the community. Bravely, the young urchin suggested an orphanage. He was quickly shushed.
Finally the townsfolk all agreed that building a University would be the best idea, and so Dalhousie University was born. Today, Dalhousie is one of Canada’s premier schools with quality classes such as “Drinking Alcoholic Beverages” and “Dressing Up As Leprechauns”.
(What sinister shenanigans are being enacted behind the walls of Dalhousie University? Photo from Wikipedia.)
So, thank you, my American friends. Thank you for helping to fund the development of one of Canada’s foremost institutions of learning. We raise a glass to you.
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