This Day in History – August 24th, 1814

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200 hundred years ago today the White House, and several other buildings in Washington D.C., was burned to the ground by the British. On August 24, 1814, after defeating the Americans at the Battle of Bladensburg, British Major General Robert Ross and his forces occupied Washington City. Ross’s men set fire to many public buildings, including the White Houseand the Capitol, as well as other facilities of the U.S. government. The attack was in part a retaliation to American actions in the Raid on Port Dover and the burning of the parliament building in York (Toronto), the capital of Upper Canada.

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