As a Canadian, it never felt like we were the big guy the poor little USA was hitting the back of the head with a chair. Of course as a product of the Canadian education system I feel this way. It was never emphasised it was a US attack on Britain as Canada didn’t exist for another 55 years. Yeah, we all knew 1867 was our Day 1 as a country but that was merely a technicality. Of course in the 70s Canada was a great deal more lefty and somewhat….I wouldn’t say anti-American, but perhaps a bit defensive at perceived slights by the US. Which was weird for me as I grew up 30 KM from the US and most TV on the rabbit ears was from Buffalo NY.
Note to USA. I can remember not too long ago being pissed about a Canadian dollar only being worth 65 cents in the US. Now its worth 1.05 or so. You guys are like cousins who have bad spending habits. I like you guys but you’all need to take note that you are slipping behind the others relatively speaking. Having them catch up is natural, starting to watch them pull up then ahead shouldn’t be so natural.
I was more referring to the British Empire as a whole as its resources were tied up elsewhere in the world. What is facinating about the war of 1812 is how quickly the 13 colonies went from being British themselves in 1776 to more or less siding with Napoleon against the British less than 40 years later. Another interesting thought it that had the French actually won the Napoleonic wars I have little doubt that the fledgling United States would of eventually come under the dominion of the French Empire.