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About the forgotten war

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BY JAVAN KIENZLE
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

On this day 193 years ago, U.S. Capt. James Lawrence sailed into battle against British ships. He lost, but his last words, "Don't give up the ship," are better remembered than the conflict itself, known as the War of 1812.

What is now Michigan became part of the United States, along with a swath of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota, after the British were defeated in the American Revolution in the late 1700s. But British fur traders refused to leave.   more...

 



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