American President James Madison signed a declaration of war against Great Britain on June 18, 1812. What would later become known as the War of 1812 was the boiling point of mounting tensions between Great Britain and the United States, whose growing trade with Europe was being threatened by the actions and regulations of the British at their ports. In a military sense, the War of 1812 was inconclusive, but in a political sense, its repercussions last until this day.

Featured lesson plan: Port au Choix: A ‘Choice’ Place for First Nations Continuous Settlement in the Gulf of St. Lawrence Region

In this lesson, students will explore why Port au Choix, which is located near the Strait of Belle Isle entrance to the Gulf of St. Lawrence on the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland and Labrador has been a choice place for people to live for thousands of years. Over the centuries, many different cultural groups have regularly settled in the region to harvest the rich resources of the sea, land and air. The Maritime Archaic Indians first migrated to the area almost 7,000 years ago during a period of global warming. Some 3,000 years later, during a period of climatic global cooling, the Groswater Paleoeskimo and Dorset Paleoeskimo migrated to the area to live on the headlands to hunt seals and walrus. Today, Port au Choix is still a vibrant fishing community.