Toronto's Historical Plaques
2004 - Now in our 10th Year - 2014
The Second Invasion of York 1813
Photos by Alan L Brown - Posted March, 2004
Not only were we invaded during the War of 1812, but we were invaded twice! Here in Coronation Park at the foot of Strachan Avenue, along the road on the east side, stands this Ontario Heritage Trust plaque which says:
Plaque coordinates: 43.63415 -79.406933
On the morning of July 13, 1813, a U.S. invasion fleet appeared off York (Toronto) after having withdrawn from a planned attack on British positions at Burlington Heights. That afternoon 300 American soldiers came ashore near here. Their landing was unopposed: there were no British regulars in town, and York's militia had withdrawn from further combat in return for its freedom during the American invasion three months earlier. The invaders seized food and military supplies, then re-embarked. The next day they returned to investigate collaborators' reports that valuable stores were concealed up the Don River. Unsuccessful in their search, the Americans contented themselves with burning military installations on nearby Gibraltar Point before they departed.
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