Port of Buffalo in 1813

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Port of Buffalo in 1813


During the War of 1812, the outpost of Buffalo, NY was scarcely populated but of geographically of strategic importance. As Benson J. Lossing writes in his history, “At the time we are considering that frontier was sparsely settled. Buffalo was a little scattered village of about one hundred houses and stores, and a military post of sufficient consequence to invite the torch of British incendiaries at the close of 1813, when all but two dwellings were laid in ashes. It was only about sixty years ago that the tiny seed was planted of that now immense mart of inland commerce, containing one hundred thousand inhabitants. Where now are long lines of wharves, with forests of masts and stately warehouses, was seen a sinuous creek, navigable for small vessels only, winding its way through marshy ground into the lake, its low banks fringed with trees and tangled shrubbery. In 1814 it was a desolation, and the harbor presented the appearance delineated in the engraving on the following page” (379).


Lossing, Benson J[ohn] (1813-1891)




Cooper, Ken


The Pictorial Field-book of the War of 1812; or, Illustrations, by Pen and Pencil, of the History, Biography, Scenery, Relics and Traditions of the Last War for American Independence (Harper & Brothers, 1868): 380.

Thomas Fisher Canadiana Collection, University of Toronto, via Internet Archive


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