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Memories of WarVisiting Battlegrounds and Bonefields in the Early American Republic$
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Thomas A. Chambers

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801448676

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801448676.001.0001

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American Antiquities Are So Rare

American Antiquities Are So Rare

Remembering the War of 1812 on the Niagara Frontier

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(p.127) Chapter Five American Antiquities Are So Rare
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Memories of War
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Thomas A. Chambers

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801448676.003.0005

This chapter examines interest in the battlegrounds from the War of 1812 surrounding Niagara Falls. These sites’ proximity to Niagara Falls continues to draw many tourists. Tourists bored by the hotels and scenery, or the novelty of crossing the river just below the falls in a hand-rowed ferryboat, discovered that there were areas of additional interest that would enrich their experience at Niagara Falls. History, in short, had complemented the tourist routine. What remained of and on the battlefields guided the memories tourists constructed of the War of 1812.

Keywords:   Niagara Falls, War of 1812, nineteenth-century tourism, War of 1812 battlefields, battlefield tourism

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