LAKE ERIE LOST
History - a staging of the past.
1. Explain: (a) drew three feet of water; (b) brought the enemy into action; (c) laden with loot and gory souvenirs; (d) public reprimand; (e) forfeiture of pay and rank; (f) torched the village; (g) failed to follow up his success; (h)threw a broadside; (i) iron monsters; (j) made prizes of what was left of the British vessels.
2. When it came to building a navy, the Americans had a distinct advangage. Why?
3. As a harbour, Presque Isle had one very serious disadvantage. What was it?
4. Why was control of Lake Erie so vital to the British?
5. Upper Canadians regarded Barclay with "mixed emotions"? (a) What does this expression mean and how did it apply to Barclay?
6. Despite the fact that Barclay was 'consigned to obscurity' he is a person of some historical significance. How do you explain this?
7. Once again the Americans made bold strokes that sounded better in dispatches than in deed. State this criticism in another way.
8. Procter suffered from a failure to live up Brock's benchmark. Is this a fair assessment of Procter? Justify your answer.
9. American military officers were adept at formulating 'golden statments' pertaining to their military exploits. Identify two of these in this narrative. Why do you think these would be highly esteemed by the American public and historians?
10. Explain Tecumseh's attutude towards Procter.
11. How do you explain Perry's victory over Barclay?
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