Canadian Citizenship Test No 16

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Question 1 of 20

Who was the leader that led the expedition that burnt down the White House and other buildings in Washington, D.C.?

  Hint: See "Discover Canada" Reference
In the evening hours of August 24, 1814, during the second year of the War of 1812, British expeditionary forces under the command of Vice Admiral Sir Alexander Cockburn and Major General Robert Ross set fire to the unfinished Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. All the public buildings in the developing city, except the Patent Office Building, were put to the torch in retaliation for what the British perceived as excessive destruction by American forces the year before in York, capital of upper Canada. At the time of the British invasion, the unfinished Capitol building comprised two wings connected by a wooden causeway.






 
  
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