Pride & Providence
A History of the American Empire
Chapter 5: War of the World
Bombs Bursting in Air
On November 25th, the first American troops were beginning to occupy Kingstown, Canada, near Toronto. It had been six days since the declaration of war; and it would be the first combat seen of the war; though the skirmish was minor. Only a few policemen and local militia attempted to resist the liberation of the city from tyranny. The strength of the British Army in Canada was estimated to be highly weakened due to its obligations in other parts of the world at the time; which was part of true reasoning behind the American declaration of war. One must strike at the enemy when he is most vulnerable.
On November 29th, the first true battle between the American Legion and the British Army began at a town called Pembina. The battle would have been a relatively minor affair for the history books, had it not been the first battle of the war; and a precursor to what was to come. An army of 3,000 British troops walked into an army under General Norton Davis, commanding 12,000 troops of the Imperial Army of the West. After a matter of weeks in a campaign across the land surrounding Pembina, 476 American troops were killed; while the British had 609 killed, the remaining 3,000 were captured or missing.
On December 22nd, the 2nd Imperial Cavalry began embarking on transports from the port of New Orleans. Their objective was to capture the Spanish colony of Cuba. Southern plantation owners h ad their eyes on Cuba; they already hoped it could be integrated into the Empire as a slave state. Of other interest was the possible annexation of Jamaica, Cayman Islands and Puerto Rico from the Spanish and British Empires.
The morning of January 6th, 1845 was marvelous morning in the history of the American Empire, most particularly for the Navy. The Navy had departed from their bases on the eve of the declaration of war and had arrived off the coast of England without any detection or loss of any crewman or ship. On that morning surprised British citizens looked out from the city of Plymouth to see the several enormous American flags at sea. The captain’s log from the flagship, USS Washington, reported that the citizens very quickly fled for safety as the guns of the sixteen ship fleet opened up against Plymouth. The revenge for Baltimore had begun.