All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Friday, December 30, 2005

Canada Is On Notice

Our northern neighbors better watch their step: the U.S. government has been planning to invade Canada for 75 years.
It sounds like a joke but it's not. War Plan Red is real. It was drawn up and approved by the War Department in 1930, then updated in 1934 and 1935. It was declassified in 1974 and the word "SECRET" crossed out with a heavy pencil. Now it sits in a little gray box in the National Archives in College Park, available to anybody, even Canadian spies. They can photocopy it for 15 cents a page. [Link]
Maine has a long history of invading (or threatening to invade) Canada. In 1775, Benedict Arnold led an expeditionary force up the Kennebec to surprise British forces in Quebec. The mission failed, but gave Kenneth Roberts material for his classic (and still compelling) book Arundel.

Then, in 1838-39, Maine nearly came to blows with New Brunswick over a few border-crossing lumbermen. As a Canadian Embassy spokesman said recently, "There were never any shots fired, but I think an American cow was injured — and a Canadian pig." And let's not forget poor Hiram T. Smith — said to be the only human casualty of the anticlimactic Aroostook War.
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At 2:47 PM, January 04, 2006, Blogger Michelle Souliere said...

I like the fact that it is called "The Pork and Beans War." Hee hee!


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