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  • Did you know the canton is made of wool dyed with indigo and the red stripes are made of wool dyed with the roots of the madder plant.
  • Wow what else do you know!
  • The blue field is called the union or canton and each star measures two feet across.
  • Also the stripes are made of wool bunting from England.
  • Do you know anything about the War of 1812?
  • During the War of 1812 Old Ironside captured 24 enemy vessels and the War of 1812 has often been called the Revolutionary War Part two and sometimes, “The Forgotten War”. Also American leaders expected that Canadians would greet them as liberators.
  • By the way the British forces under General Robert Ross captured the nation's capital and ordered his troops to burn Washington in revenge of the crushing defeat for the British in the Battle of York, and Mrs. Madison wrote a letter prior to her grand escape.
  • And that's how I know so much about the War of 1812.
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