Fenian raids.


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  • Attack on Ireland
  • Irish spokesperson: Ireland is the land of Irish and will always be. We will get it back
  • British Messenger: Accept the king or face the consequences!!!
  • Formation of "The Fenian Brotherhood"
  • Invasion of Canada
  • We will kick those British people out and get our land back.
  • Do not enter British North America
  • As a Fenian captain I declare Port Erie as our property.
  • In the 1800's, the British attacked Ireland and about 1,600,000 people fled to America for various reasons.America needed more people in order to have better defense and the Irish wanted a place where they will be free but there were still a large number of people that wanted to fight against Britain to get Ireland back.
  • Proclamation of Port Erie
  • In the year 1858 a group was formed in the leadership of John O'Mahoney known as the "Fenian Brotherhood" ,it's goal was the freedom of Ireland. In 1865 they agreed that it was better to invade Canada in order to pressure Britain and gain independence.
  • Fighting back
  • Fenian: We will come back one day !!!!!
  • A complex military plan was created , in which they would attack various parts of Ontario and then draw British forces from Quebec, and then a large amount of Fenian forces would sever the lines of communication and hopefully capture a big portion of Canada
  • End Of the Fenian Brotherhood and Confederation
  • Representative New Brunswick: Sir ,My concern is the safety of our land and to keep it protected we need to be united.
  • Representative Canada West :You are absolutely right , the safety of this precious land is important then anything else.
  • On June 1 the Fenian crossed the Niagara river from Buffalo to Fort Erie.Fortunately some fishermen saw them and alerted the town but they still managed to tear up railway tracks and cut telegraph lines, the Fenian army raised an Irish flag and then read a proclamation to the residents of Port Erie.
  • Citizens of Port Erie: Go Back to your country
  • With the help of 840 Canadian and British soldiers,they got the Fenian's to retreat back across Niagara River.After this the Fenian attacked a few more times but were left hopeless when they got no support from the Irish Canadians and then the Us government.
  • In 1866 , the US government issued a proclamation stating that they don't support the Fenian, and the Fenians quickly faded away. But It made Canada realize that they had to be united in order to defend themselves which later on lead to the union of New Brunswick,Nova Scotia, Upper and Lower Canada and is known as the Conferderation
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