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: A Railway in Newfoundland? All Aboard for the Past!

By examining the story of the Newfoundland Railway, students will determine the reasons why the Newfoundland Government undertook the project; the geographical problems that had to be overcome in its construction; the problems that led to its demise; and what has become of the former railway property today. This study will examine how the railway aided the growth of industry in the region, influenced settlement patterns and contributed to tourism development. In analyzing this defunct project, students will also determine if a renewed railway of any sort is an alternate and greener source of transportation for the future.