Travel Dynamics International Commemorates the Bicentennial of The War of 1812 and the Battle for the Inland Seas

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"We Have Met the Enemy and They Are Ours" O.H. Perry The History of North America Comes Alive in the Great Lakes

The American-flagged and operated Yorktown

The War of 1812 played a pivotal role in shaping the political map of North America. These are battles worth remembering.

After a decisive victory over Britain’s Royal Navy at the Battle of Lake Erie, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry famously wrote to U.S. Army General William Henry Harrison, “We have met the enemy and they are ours.” Travel Dynamics International is commemorating the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, and the only naval battle ever fought on the Great Lakes, this September, cruising from Lake Erie to the St. Lawrence River in remembrance of honor and heritage.

“The War of 1812 played a pivotal role in shaping the political map of North America, and we are honored to commemorate the many battles fought in the St. Lawrence, Niagara, and Lake Ontario theaters”, notes Vasos Papagapitos, Co-President of Travel Dynamics International. “Even the smallest skirmishes played decisive roles in this immensely important period in North American history. These are battles worth remembering.”

Often referred to as America’s “second war for independence”, the War of 1812 was fought against the British Empire after trade restrictions with continental Europe resulted in the capture of nearly 400 American vessels and the impressments of American merchant sailors. Britain’s support of Native American tribes against westward expansionism was also a route catalyst.

Lending his expertise to Travel Dynamics International is historian Ray Jones, co-author of The War of 1812: A Guide to Battlefields and Historic Sites. A distinguished expert, Jones will tell the story of the war from the perspectives of American, Canadian, British and Native American soldiers. Passengers will learn how the War’s various Northeastern campaigns permanently altered the political geography of North America, and paved the way for over half a million pioneers to move westward across the Ohio Territory.

Cruise highlights include a call at historic Cleveland, where the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps have organized a series of commemorative events alongside the Great Lakes Historical Society. Guests will also have an opportunity to visit the Great Lakes Science Center and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Next, pass through the eight locks of the Welland Canal into Lake Ontario and recount the decisive roll Fort Erie and the Chippawa Battlefield played in the Niagara campaign, the longest and bloodiest military operation of the war. Explore the thundering Niagara Falls before navigating through the resplendent Thousand Islands and historic St. Lawrence River en route to Montreal and Quebec City.

Guests will cruise aboard the newest addition to the Travel Dynamics International fleet, the American-flagged and operated Yorktown. Accommodating 138 guests in 69 exterior cabins, Yorktowns large sundeck, comfortable lounge, and spacious dining room offer guests the finest small ship experience.

Who We Are
Travel Dynamics International is the leading operator of high-caliber educational cruises aboard small ships. Offering customized voyages guided by distinguished scholars and teachers, Travel Dynamics International caters to the traveler with a keen intellectual interest in history, culture, and nature.

Founded on the belief that traveling and learning about the world and its many cultures enriches individuals and society as a whole, Travel Dynamics International excels at voyages to places that offer a historic and cultural environment.

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