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American Patriots

In 1837 in an ill-starred attempt to spread the message of independence, a small army launched an invasion of Canada, hoping to provoke a general uprising. It failed to light the fires of rebellion and the British captured 92, mostly American citizens, members of the American Patriot Army fighting with Canadian republicans for independence from Britain. Military courts smartly and highly illegally banished them in 1839 to Britain’s remote and wild new island colony of Van Diemen’s Land. Find out more here

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