Quick, name the two countries that were born as a result of the American Revolution.
If you live in the United States and can think of only one, you're
probably with the vast majority of your countrymen. The other? Canada.
While Canada as a confederation wasn't formed until 1867, its genesis
as a nation dates directly back to the Revolution. If it hadn't been for the
more than 40,000 colonialists who moved north during and immediately after the war, much of the area from Ontario east might have fallen into the hands of the United States in the War of 1812. After all, about 80 percent of Canada's population at the time of that war had been born in the United States.