Britain waged a successful defensive war against the United States while Halifax and Quebec, the keys to Canada’s defence, were never seriously threatened by American attack.
The United States could not defeat Britain in North America without capturing Quebec City.
Halifax, Nova Scotia provided an essential base of operations for the Royal Navy in North American waters.
Taking the War to America
While the British Army defended Canada, the Royal Navy sought to force the United States to end the war by blockading the American coast and conducting amphibious raids.
HMS Shannon Leading Her Prize the American Frigate Chesapeake into Halifax Harbour
Lithograph by John Christian Schetky, around 1830 Library and Archives Canada, 1970-188-1937