This is not collectible.
Seems to be missing... potentially taken by newbies that thought it was a trade item... the only people "finding" it right now are only finding it here, on this page... which is sad and not at all what I had intended.
Will be deactivating and trying another bug this Spring.
Please keep this wee bug moving! It's not a keepsake or trade item! It's a travel bug and should be moved along...
Hi! I'm Private Didier (pronounced Didd-Ee-Ay if you're wondering,) of His Royal Britannic Majesty, King George III's 2nd York Militia in Thompson's Company... or, more appropriately, I'm a Canadian War of 1812 re-enactor who's home base is with Thompson's Company which is together courtesy of a Heritage Mississauga located in the Greater Toronto Area of Ontario, Canada. This bug has been released in honour of this group and our efforts to bring history to life and educate people on the defense of our home,
I've attached a King's Shilling to this bug. The King's Shilling was a payment you would get as PART of your "bounty" or the money you'd be paid when you initially volunteered to join the British military. The King's Shilling was supposedly from "The King Hisself" as a reward for your upcoming service. Although it COULD be spent, many did not and held on to is as a keepsake or more realistically, as a form of almost talisman of pride in their work.
Of course, Thompson's Company, being militia, would not have received a King's Shilling as part of the bargain of being able to settle on the land in what was then called Upper Canada was to be a part of a militia or "home guard" and to practice military drill once per month (if you were lucky,) and defend your home when called upon which... which sadly did happen when American forces attacked Upper Canada in 1812 and battles and action continued until 1815.
The York Militia did see action several times during the conflict. and as I live in the country of Canada and not the State of Canada, you can see, they did alright.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE WAR OF 1812:
First - Please note this is my interpretation of recorded events and may differ from other people's takes on things... history's like that. If anyone is truly horrified or shocked by anything here... or just plain grumpy... drop me a note and I'll cite my sources (and yes, there's far more than one)... and you can argue with them.
The War of 1812 (or The American War as it's sometimes known in Britain,) was started by The United States as a conflict brought on by both a British blockade of the Atlantic (they were attempting to keep American goods from France, Portugal, and Spain and, to be fair, were treating America very much like they were still a colony, upstart though they be,) and the insult of American ships being boarded by the British who were seeking deserted Royal Navy sailors... and it was said impressing (or effectively kidnapping) sailors from those boarded American ships to work for them and the navy against Napoleon.
Historians on both sides of the Canadian/American border due recognise that the more likely goal was the American military annexation of Canada... basically, a combination land-grab and a chance to force Britain completely off the continent... but the land, that was important... and the fact that the British were arming the Natives to defend their lands (and British lands) did not sit at all well with people who wanted further Westward expansion. The solution was war,,, and the opportunity arose thanks to British naval arrogance. Arrogance was not just a British trait though, as Thomas Jefferson said that the taking of Canada would only be a "mere matter of marching". John Adams, the president who half-heartedly declared the war is on record as saying had he known that Britain would beat Napoleon in France, Portugal, and Spain, he would never have started the conflict in the first place. There's little doubt that British victory in Europe (and therefore the new threat of thousands of battle-hardened soldiers with nothing to do,) hastened the peace process by the Americans.
For three years, 1812 through the early part of 1815, war was made in Niagara, York, Chateauguay, and around the St. Lawrence in Canada, and in New York, the Indiana Territories, The Michigan Territories, Washington itself, and finally in New Orleans in The United States... with the end result beinga peace treaty that said "Status Quo Ante Bellum". Basically, everything going back to just the way it was prior to the war. Thousands dead, homeless, bereft... and for nada. Heck, the oft vaunted Battle of New Orleans was fought about two weeks after a peace treaty had been signed... but due to a lack of speedy messaging, the two armies continued the war and more people died.
When asked who won that war, I often say that the Americans won because they won decisive battles on the Great Lakes, Baltimore, and New Orleans...
The British won because they managed to more-or-less keep the Americans at bay while successfully pursuing their issues with Napoleon. In essence, they won because it didn't bother them too much.
The Canadians and Canadiens (English and French) won because they protected their borders from multiple attempts at invasion and kept themselves from being overrun by their neighbours to the South. This defence was the actual true start of a legitimate character of the country.
The Native warriors lost. They fought MOSTLY for the side of the British in the promise by the British that at the completion of the war, an independent buffer nation for only them would be set-up along the edges of the Southern bits of the Great Lakes and into Indiana which would keep "Brother Jonathon" and "John Bull" away from each other by a nation. This was abandoned in the search for a quick peace and the Natives had effectively fought for nothing.
This now said, this travel bug is a memorial to the militias of Upper and Lower Canada who did indeed protect their homes and their land... and in the long run, my country.
So, I hope this bug makes it to all the sites... to the Glorious Republic to the South of me which has been my countries friend and ally now for two hundred years... to the lands to spawned our nations and in many ways, the conflict in Western and Eastern Europe and beyond... and around my own home... Canada.
Two-hundred plus years ago, a small but nasty war was fought... which has led to two-hundred years of peace.