Ontario Visual Heritage Project


Simcoe's Plan

War of 1812


Baldoon Mystery

A Place of Refuge


Elgin Settlement

Talbot Road

Bothwell's Boom

Civil War


Chatham-Kent Museum

In 1812, war broke out between the United States and British North America. There are a variety of reasons as to why the war occurred. Regardless of motive, one of the first settlements to fall to the Americans was the Baldoon Settlement.

Baldoon was created as a refuge for Scottish settlers facing economic difficulties in their native highlands. However the site chosen by Lord Selkirk turned out to be a swamp. Many of the settlers died of swamp fever and malaria. Even the sheep were not spared from the seemingly unending bad luck of Baldoon

The Americans did not stop at Baldoon, and continued their march up the Thames, hot on the heels of Tecumseh and the retreating British...

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