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The Battle of York
by Barlow Cumberland (1913)
Our Featured Text, "The Battle of York" is special in two completely different ways.
First, it's amongst the first eBooks to be processed using the new fpgen approach, developed by the book's post processor, rfrank. This means that we can produce 5 versions of the book, to enhance the breadth of our readers' enjoyment, with very little extra work for the post processor. In fact, I believe that, after a learning curve, there is a substantial savings in time. Several more DPC PPers have already signed on to give fpgen a try, and I hope this trend will catch on quickly.
Second, the book is significant of itself. It's a short dissertation, one of a series prepared about 1913, to signal the 100th anniversary of the "War of 1812" between the U. S. and British forces. The war was contested over control of access to the North American continent, and maritime trade in the Atlantic. While mostly inconclusive, it featured a number of memorable battles, including the one for the fortress at York, a location which later became Toronto. Another significant "trade" that occurred was a mutual destruction. Early in the war, U. S. troops burned the village of Niagara-on-the-Lake, which then served as the capital of Upper Canada (Ontario). In retaliation, late in the war, British troops landed in Virginia, marched on Washington and burned the home of the President, destroying much of it. The President escaped by the skin of his teeth, and a settlement was reached soon afterwards. [The house was scorched extensively, and was later repaired and whitewashed, thus the genesis of the name "The White House".]
Now, we're at the 200th anniversary of the Battle of York--a fitting occasion for publishing this fine eBook.
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