The British Are Coming

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The British Are Coming

Eastport will be the scene of mock fighting on July 11 and 12 as the community commemorates the 200th anniversary of the capture of Moose Island (Eastport) in 1814.

Back in the days when England and the Unites States were fighting over territory in the war of 1812, the town of Eastport on the border with Canada was a point of contention. The fight was over whether Moose Island a part of Eastport connected to the land by a small causeway belonged to Canada and the British, or Maine and the United States.

A small contingent of American soldiers under the command of a Major Perley were stationed at Moose Island’s Fort Sullivan in 1814. But the British dispatched a small force from Halifax that was joined by a fleet of vessels carrying over 1,000 men. On July 11, in the face of such overwhelming odds, the Americans surrendered without a fight. The British claimed Moose Island and Eastport as being on the British side of the boundary-line settled upon in 1783, and ordered the inhabitants to take the oath of allegiance. While some complied with the requirement others evaded it, and many removed to points westward.

The area remained in British hands until 1818.

The commemoration ceremonies, sponsored by the Border Historical Society, Maine Humanities Council, Parks Canada, IGA, Tides Institute and local residents, will include reenactments and music.