Monday, February 14, 2011

Poorly Executed Warring

Poorly Executed Warring

War of 1812
didn't know it was over
until 1815

The Treaty of Ghent was signed
in 1814 but word didn't reach
battleships at sea
until next year

During the 1812
England offered
American slaves
freedom
and put them on islands
not called England.

Americans claimed
this violated the treaty
and the British paid
American slave owners
$1,204,960
in damages

Following the war
dinner plates
featuring portraits of
American Navy captains
sold well in the States-
most of which were
painted in England.

some Native American tribes
fought for the British.

Oh yeah, those guys. Nobody told them it was over
until 1817.

--Ed Makowski is a poet, writer, and artist living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Ed prefers reading to television and hiking over both. More of his work can be found at http://edmakowski.wordpress.com/.

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