Small businessmen and farmers against merchant elites who, as political leaders, are raising property taxes, tariffs and freight rates to raise money for canals. The government’s failings and corruption all contributed to the 1837-1838 rebellion. "Rebellion in Upper Canada". [8] Despite repeated attempts, the elected Legislature – which had chartered the bank – could not obtain details on the bank's workings. [citation needed], The Reformers were incensed at the debt that the Family Compact incurred as the results of general improvements to the province, such as the Welland Canal. In the 1820s, settlers of American origin were also denied political rights, including the choice to swear allegiance to the Crown. Onto the Upper Canada Rebellion, or as others call it, the Farmers’ Revolt. Moderate reformer in Upper Canada. [4], The Family Compact dominated the government of Upper Canada and the financial and religious institutions associated with it. [26] Farmers organised target practice sessions and forges in the Home District and Simcoe County created weapons for the rebellion. [14] After meeting with Reformers, Bond Head concluded that they were disloyal to the British Empire and allied himself with the Family Compact. William Lyon Mackenzie A Scottish-born journalist and political agitator who led an unsuccessful revolt against the Canadian government in 1837. Sir Francis Bond Head and the rash behaviour of William Lyon Mackenzie. Enoch and his brothers comprised one of the most active Loyalist families to join the rebels. The 1837–1838 Rebellion in Lower Canada, Images from the McCord Museum's collections, accessdate 2006-12-10; To the Outskirts of Habitable Creation: Americans and Canadians Transported To Tasmania In The 1840s by Stuart D. Scott and Illustrated by Seth Colby. "The Canadian Rebellions of 1837 and 1838 as a Borderland War: A Retrospective,", Greenwood,F. Jan 1, 1837, 26 Patriotes resist arrest by the authorities who were led by John Colborne Oct 9, 1837, Mackenzie and followers attempt to take Toronto armoury Dec 7, 1837, Montgomerey Tavern Jan 13, 1838, Rebels attacked by Brits and then flee William Lyon Mackenzie took charge of the reformers in … He also urged them to seize control of the government. This rebellion was led by William Lyon Mackenzie, the first mayor of Toronto, who wanted the same things that they wanted in Lower Canada. Many of the grievances which underlay the Rebellion involved the provisions of the Constitutional Act of 1791, which had created Upper Canada's political framework. uprising. [73] Other rebels were also sentenced to hang and ninety-two men were sent to Van Diemen's Land. While public grievances had existed for years, it was the rebellion in Lower Canada (present-day Quebec), which started the previous month, that emboldened rebels in Upper Canada to revolt. Prescott in November and at Windsor in early December. leaders, such as Robert Baldwin, to reshape the reform movement along On their way, the rebels ran into a picket of about 20 loyalists who opened fire. [53] The rebels believed there were several battalions of troops firing upon them and several ran away. Lount encouraged some riflemen to return fire before realising that the enemy had left the battlefield. of politicians and officials known as the Family Compact. Upper Canada. [56], On Wednesday morning Peter Matthews arrived at the tavern with sixty men, but Mackenzie could still not convince the rebel forces to march towards Toronto. ... the abuses and evil that such un-natural forms of government unleashed in the early decades of the 19th century which led up to the rise of the rebellions in Upper and Lower Canada in 1837-38 under the leadership of William Lyon Mackenzie and Louis Joseph Papineau. [34] Mackenzie printed broadsheets listing grievances and a call to arms to communities surrounding Toronto. It had been supplying Mackenzie’s forces and was set adrift over the falls. The Scottish-born newspaper publisher and politician was a fierce critic of the Family Compact. The Rebellion in Upper Canada was led by William Lyon Mackenzie, a Scottish-born newspaper publisher and politician who was a fierce critic of the Family Compact, an elite clique of officials and businessmen who dominated the running of the colony and its system of patronage. Download books for free. [28] Mackenzie gathered reformers at John Doel's brewery and proposed kidnapping Bond Head, bringing him to city hall and forcing him to let the Legislature choose the members of the Executive Council. A large number of the settlers were of American origin. [41], Rolph tried to warn Mackenzie about the warrant for his arrest but could not find him so delivered the message to Lount instead. [43], A loyalist named Robert Moodie saw the large gathering at Montgomery's Tavern and rode towards Toronto to warn the officials. The second Rebellion in Lower Canada soon followed. John Charles Dent, writing in 1885, said the rebellion was a reaction from the public of the government mismanagement of the minority ruling elite. In, Buckner, Phillip A. , "Rebellion in Upper Canada". The disapproval of this was strongest among the so-called late Loyalists and their descendants. As a member of the Legislative Assembly, Originally he had hoped British rule would help the French. After the War of 1812, there was growing discontent in Upper Canada with the elite clique Fraser, “’The Waste that Lies Before Me’: The Public and the Private Worlds of Robert Baldwin,”. In recounting the “myths of responsible government”, Romney emphasized that after the ascendancy of Loyalism as the dominant political ideology of Upper Canada any demand for democracy or for responsible government became a challenge to colonial sovereignty. [33] After the Battle of Saint-Denis Fitzgibbon prepared a list of men that he could contact personally if a rebellion began in Toronto. Historians of past generations insisted that without the rebellions, change would have come more slowly, if at all. There was also popular opposition to land-granting practices. [68] Mackenzie, Duncombe, Rolph and 200 supporters fled to Navy Island in the Niagara River and declared themselves the Republic of Canada on December 13. [20] Reformers such as Mackenzie and Samuel Lount lost their seats in the Legislature and they alleged that the election was fraudulent. Upper Canada Rebellion William Lyon Mackenzie was a fiery and vocal critic of the Upper Canadian system in the 1820's and 30's. [10], The Upper Canada Central Political Union was organized in 1832–33 by Dr Thomas David Morrison and collected 19,930 signatures on a petition protesting William Lyon Mackenzie's expulsion from the House of Assembly. On 5 December, a motley assortment of 500 to 700 rebels bearing only hunting rifles, staves and pitchforks, marched south on Yonge Street. Our team will be reviewing your submission and get back to you with any further questions. [63] The government continued their march and at Montgomery's Tavern a cannon shot into the dining room window. However, the remaining rebels thought their comrades The Rebellion of 1837 in Upper Canada: Read, Colin, Stagg, Ronald J.: 9780886290269: Books - Amazon.ca the colony and used political office and influence to further their own business interests. William Lyon Mackenzie led a rag-tag contingent of 800 men down Yonge Street toward Toronto. During the 1830s, a third of the bank's board were Legislative or Executive Councillors, and the remainder all magistrates. Although many rebels, including Duncombe, had fled prior to the upcoming battle due to hearing about the failure of Mackenzie in Toronto and general disorganization, there were still some present in Scotland, Ontario and MacNab commenced his attack on Scotland on December 14, causing the remaining rebels to flee after only a few shots were fired. Leader of the Parti Canadien, an MLA Reform Party, political movement in Canada West (later called Upper Canada from 1841 to 1867; now Ontario) and the Maritime Provinces that came into prominence shortly before 1837. [12] The Canadian Alliance Society was reborn as the Constitutional Reform Society in 1836, and led by the more moderate reformer, Dr William W. Baldwin. (See: The Early American Republic and the 1837–38 Canadian Rebellions.) The rebels from Toronto travelled to the United States in groups of two. Compared to the Lower Canada Rebellion, the initial portion of the Upper Canada Rebellion was short and disorganized. Colonel Allan MacNab, who had just finished leading Upper Canadian militiamen during the Battle of Montgomery's Tavern, was sent to engage Duncombe's uprising. [72] A group of rebels escaped their prison at Fort Henry and travelled to the United States. The Rebellions of 1837–1838 (French: Les rébellions de 1837), were two armed uprisings that took place in Lower and Upper Canada in 1837 and 1838. Few historians see any necessary political connection with the rebellion in Lower Canada. [44] When Rolph and Baldwin returned to Bond Head, they were informed that the government's offer had been withdrawn. The front rank of the rebel force returned fire and then dropped to the ground, to assume a safer firing position. Buckner, P., Rebellion in Upper Canada (2019). Mackenzie went to the United States mainland where he was arrested for violating the Neutrality Act.[69]. They formed several fighting units — known as “Coloured Corps” — in Chatham, more moderate lines. During 1838, the rebels continued to send expeditions across the border. Protestant groups. [22], Among the more than 150 lawsuits they launched that year, the Bank of Upper Canada, sued Sheldon, Dutcher & Co., a foundry and Toronto's largest employer with over 80 employees in late 1836, bankrupting the company. Largely from the countryside north of Toronto, they represented a cross section of the farming community from which Mackenzie had always drawn most of his support. passed in 1840. The rebellions, and their more limited counterpart in Upper Canada in 1837, led directly to the appointment of Lord Durham and the Durham Report. As part of this satire, he published a draft republican constitution for the State of Upper Canada that closely resembled the objectives in the constitution of the Canadian Alliance Society in 1834. Rebellion of 1837-1838 aka Patriot War . It was not until a revolt broke out in Lower Canada though that Anglophone rebels like William Lyon Mackenzie decided to launch the hot mess that was the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837. The linkage of the "fight for responsible government" with disloyalty was solidified by the Rebellion of 1837, as reformers took up arms to finally break the "baneful domination" of the mother country. (Late Loyalists were American-born settlers who had migrated to Upper Canada prior to the War of 1812. The Act of Union was pa… [74] Frederick Armstrong believed the rebellion was a reaction to patronage afforded to members of the Family Compact after winning the 1836 election. The rebels set up a roadblock south of the tavern on Yonge Street that Moodie tried riding through. He was a powerful public speaker who inspired his people. [62], The government forces also split into two companies when the rebels fired upon them. In the meantime, filibusters from the United States, the Hunter Patriots , formed a small militia and attacked Windsor, Upper Canada , to support the Canadian Patriotes. Bond Head was recalled in late 1837 and replaced with Sir George Arthur who arrived in Toronto in March 1838. other  Ontario. Louis-Joseph Papineau. [27], On October 9 1837, a messenger from the Patriotes informed Mackenzie that the rebellion in Lower Canada was going to begin. They prepared a petition to the Crown protesting the abuses, carried to London by Charles Duncombe, but the Colonial Office refused to hear him. Debt collection laws allowed them to be jailed indefinitely until they paid their loans to merchants. In the aftermath of the 1837-1838 rebellion in Upper Canada, the government was faced with over 800 political prisoners. Rolph and Morrison were reluctant about the plan so Mackenzie sought Anthony Van Egmond to help lead the armed forces. The Upper Canada Rebellion was an insurrection against the oligarchic government of the British colony of Upper Canada (present-day Ontario) in December 1837.While public grievances had existed for years, it was the rebellion in Lower Canada (present-day Quebec), which started the previous month, that emboldened rebels in Upper Canada to revolt. In March 1837 the Tories passed a law making it cheaper to sue farmers by allowing city merchants to sue in the middle of harvest. With the help of American volunteers, the various rebel groups launched raids against Upper Canada. The more recent trend is to dismiss the rebellions as unnecessary. [16] The Reform-dominated Assembly responded by refusing to pass the money bill, which halted the payment of salaries and pensions to many government workers. Both men favoured an American style of government. Upon receiving Rolph's message Lount marched a group of rebels into Toronto for December 4. Struggling to avoid the charge of sedition, reformers later purposefully obscured their true aims of independence from Britain and focused on their grievances against the Family Compact. Many were non-conformist in their religious views and somewhat republican in their political leanings.) Instead, they decided to wait for Anthony Van Egmond to lead the rebellion into Toronto. More moderate leaders, such as Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine, reshaped the reform movement. Cross and R.L. The rebels dispersed in a panic after the first round of firing thinking the rebel's front row had been killed when they were simply dropping to the ground to allow those behind them to fire. They focused on the campaign for responsible government and were thus prepared to unite the two Canadas. William Lyon Mackenzie, Scottish-born journalist and political agitator who led an unsuccessful revolt against the Canadian government in 1837. They were easily dispersed by government volunteers under the command of Sir Allan Napier MacNab. [62] Bond Head ordered the tavern to be burned down and the rebels arrested. [73] A general pardon for everyone but Mackenzie was issued in 1845, and Mackenzie himself was pardoned in 1849 and allowed to return to Canada, where he resumed his political career. Over 800 people were arrested after the rebellion for being Reform sympathisers. Upper Canada, later known as Canada West then Ontario in 1867, was originally organized in Districts. They controlled the system of patronagethroughout the colony and used political office and influence to further their own business interests. In 1837 revolts against Britain took place in Upper and Lower Canada. The Upper Canada Rebellion was an insurrection against the oligarchic government of the British colony of Upper Canada (present-day Ontario) in December 1837. [40] Fitzgibbon warned the men of rebels forging pikes north of the city and he was appointed adjutant general of the militia. In 1837, however, Mackenzie was emboldened by the insurgency in Lower Canada and the transfer of all British troops there from Upper Canada. Following the Rebellion in Upper Canada "The rebellion had failed. Democratic reform and an end to the rule of the privileged oligarchy. Mackenzie also attacked other travellers and robbed them or questioned them about the revolt. Because of all the hardships that people went through they all spoke out … [25], Mackenzie gathered reformers on July 28 and 31, 1837 to discuss their grievances with the government. The root cause of resentment in Upper Canada was against the corruption and injustice by local politicians. He was wounded in an ensuing battle and taken to the tavern, where he died several hours later in severe pain. Britain Of the latter group, a few men were sent to serve time in the Provincial Penitentiary at Kingston. In 1837 and 1838 Upper and Lower Canada led rebellions against the Crown and the political status quo. Mackenzie and his followers also opposed a system of land gra… [44] Another horseman saw the rebel's march into Toronto and notified Fitzgibbon, who tried unsuccessfully to have officials take action. [54], On Tuesday night MacNab arrived in Toronto with sixty men from the Hamilton area. [50] Rolph and Robert Baldwin met the rebel troops at Gallows Hill and stated the government's proposal of full amnesty to the rebels if they dispersed immediately. However, the mainstream historical view is that the uprising had limited support and was largely an accident. [57] The rebels raided a mail coach, stole the passenger's money and looked for information about the progress of the rebellion in London, Ontario. Upper & Lower Canada faced many problems which led to The Rebellion of 1837. [75] Dent wrote that the rebellion caused England to notice the concerns of Canadian reformers and reconsider their colonial rule of the province. Find books Sir Francis Bond Head, the Lt. Gov. The United States attempted to capture Upper Canada, but … Although initially believing the government's position was untenable he was inspired by a company of men that formed to defend the government. This contributed to economic hardship and increased unemployment throughout the province. The meeting created the Committee of Vigilance and signed a declaration urging every community to send delegates to a congress in Toronto and discuss remedies for their concerns. William Lyon Mackenzie (not William Lyon Mackenzie King) led the rebellion of Upper Canada in 1837. The Act of Union was Some historians suggest that although they were not directly successful or large, the rebellions in 1837 should be viewed in the wider context of the late 18th and early 19th century Atlantic Revolutions including the American Revolutionary War in 1776, the French Revolution of 1789–99, the Haitian Revolution of 1791–1804, the Irish Rebellion of 1798, and the independence struggles of Spanish America (1810–1825). However, its leaders, including William Lyon Mackenzie, were equally serious in their demands. These grievances breathed life into the nascent  [64], News of the intended rebellion had reached London and the surrounding townships by December 7. The loyalist forces included 120 Black soldiers under the command of Colonel Samuel Jarvis. [60], Anthony Van Egmond arrived at the tavern on December 7 and encouraged the rebel leaders to disperse, as he felt the rebellion would not be a success. He was a fierce critic of the Family Compact and the government's refusal to give political rights to American settlers. [44] Mackenzie took both men prisoner but did not search them for weapons as they gave their word that they did not have any. [35] Mackenzie also printed handbills declaring independence which were distributed to citizens north of Toronto. It recommended that the Canadas be united into one colony. [71] Van Egmond died of an illness he acquired while imprisoned[72] while Lount and Peter Matthews were sentenced to the gallows for leading the rebellion. James Fitzgibbon. Obviously, as a revolution it was an abject failure. Parliament also sent Lord Durham to become Governor-in-Chief of the British North American colonies,[70] so that Arthur reported to Durham. The raids did not end until the rebels and Hunters were defeated at the Battle of the Windmill, just eleven months after the initial battle at Montgomery's Tavern. [39] Government officials met at the Lieutenant Governor's residence on December 2 to discuss how to stop rumours of a rebellion. Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada in 1837. Another 141 prisoners from both Upper and Lower Canada would be sent to Australia. Reformist leaders such as Marshall Spring Bidwell, who had been Speaker of the Assembly, Many of the grievances which underlay the Rebellion involved the provisions of the Constitutional Act of 1791, which had created Upper Canada's political framework. Most banks – including the Bank of Upper Canada – suspended payments by July 1837 and successfully obtained government support while ordinary farmers and the poor did not. He proclaimed a republic of Upper Canada. While these rebellions differed in that they also struggled for republicanism, they were inspired by similar social problems stemming from poorly regulated oligarchies, and sought the same democratic ideals, which were also shared by the United Kingdom's Chartists.[1][2][3]. Mackenzie, Duncombe and other rebel leaders fled with about 200 followers to William Lyon MacKenzie led those in Upper Canada, while Lower Canada had Louis-Joseph Papineau as their leader. [17] The movement was disappointed when Bond Head made it clear he had no intention of consulting the Executive Council in the daily operations of the administration. to withdraw on 14 January, after Canadian volunteers burned the rebel ship, Caroline. Thus, responsible government became a "pragmatic" policy of alleviating local abuses, rather than a revolutionary anti-colonial moment. In retaliation Bond Head refused to sign any bills passed by the assembly, including public work projects. This caused a recession in Upper Canada. Many rebels fled to the United States, where they organized several raids against Upper Canada in 1838. The union was reorganized as the Canadian Alliance Society in 1835 and adopted much of the platform of the Owenite National Union of the Working Classes in London, England, that were to be integrated into the Chartist movement in England. It was initially thought that the Toronto rebellion was successful, contributing to Charles Duncombe wanting to rise up as well. [37] The mayor of Toronto refused to ring the City Hall bell if a rebellion began because he felt Fitzgibbon was causing unnecessary concern over a possible revolt. Their revolt was smaller and less deadly. Mackenzie ignored the letter and continued his plan for rebellion. [24], The Upper Canada legislature refused to pass a supply bill in 1836 after Bond Head refused to implement responsible government reforms. 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