Re: [WarOf1812] Boundries of the Niagara frontier
I think that the term "Niagara frontier" is a later notion created by
historians to make sense of the events of the war. I do not recall
reading it in any of the documents I have read about the war which were
written by participants.
The administrative District of Niagara, covered approximately the
Niagara Peninsula - from the Niagara River to Grimsby (The "Forty").
But this was formalized after the war, probably by about 1820.
Other districts in "Upper Canada West" (also a later term), included
Strictly speaking, I believe the term "Niagara Frontier" is generally
reserved by historians to the forts and outposts along the Niagara
The British Army was understood to be divided into "Divisions", Left,
Centre and Right.
Originally the Left Division extended from Kingston to the east, the
Centre was concentrated around the town of York and the Head of the
Lake and to Niagara. The Centre Division also had responsibility for
the area west of the Head of the Lake to Brant's Ford and south to Long
Point; the Right Division was concentrated in the western region around
Sandwich, Amherstburg and occasionally across the border to Detroit.
After the loss of the Western region in October 1813, the designations
changed, and the Centre became the Right, the Left became the Centre
and everything east of that into Quebec, became the Left.
There, 'tis that simple.
On Wednesday, January 5, 2005, at 05:49 AM, Mark Ibbotson wrote:
> Happy new year all
> What were the boundries of the Niagara frontier during 1812-14.
> Does/ did the region spread as far west as Detroit between Lakes Huron
> and Erie and to the east to the Niagara river between Lakes Ontario
> and Erie.
> How far north did it go, Did it cut off between Lakes Huron and
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