The Big Picture and Canada's Fenian Raids

The 2nd of June marked the anniversary of the Battle of Ridgeway, the largest battle of the 1866 Fenian Raids. The Fenian Raids are remembered in Canada on the great list of “Events that led to Confederation.” You probably heard about it high school history. Most probably remember a simple story of the Fenian raids. Canada, threatened by the invasion of Irish-American Fenians, united to form one country at Confederation in 1867 so as to defend itself. Less remembered is the larger series of events which led to the forming of the Fenians and their raids on Canada.

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