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Celebrating the Boston Bicentennial of the War of 1812

June 1, 2012

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USS Constitution

The War of 1812 (sometimes called the ‘Second War of Independence’) is often remembered for two things: the burning of the White House and the writing of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner,’ both in 1814. The exact motivations behind the war with Britain are a bit more complicated, as they involved trading policies, numerous Native American tribes, and Canadian territories. President James Madison officially declared war on June 18th.

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Old Ironsides in Boston

December 1, 2011

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George Washington himself gave this wooden frigate – which first launched in 1797 and is now the oldest remaining commissioned naval vessel in the world – its legendary name: the USS Constitution. It was built in Boston and is famous for defeating and capturing British warships during the war of 1812.

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