There was also popular opposition to land-granting practices. Ontario. However, the remaining rebels thought their comrades If the farmer refused to come to court in Toronto, they would automatically forfeit the case and their property subjected to a sheriff's sale. This was something the British minority in Lower Canada, particularly the merchant class, had long demanded. of politicians and officials known as the Family Compact. The Scottish-born newspaper publisher and politician was a fierce critic of the Family Compact. Quebec. On 5 December, a motley assortment of 500 to 700 rebels bearing only hunting rifles, staves and pitchforks, marched south on Yonge Street. This contributed to economic hardship and increased unemployment throughout the province. (Hundreds of Black Canadians volunteered [75] Dent wrote that the rebellion caused England to notice the concerns of Canadian reformers and reconsider their colonial rule of the province. The rebellions of 1837-1838 in Upper and Lower Canada constitute one of the most important episodes of this history. the United States. [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. In their fear and confusion, they turned and ran. Leader of the English reformers in Lower Canada. This made them ineligible for land grants. In, M.S. [40] Fitzgibbon warned the men of rebels forging pikes north of the city and he was appointed adjutant general of the militia. Though poorly organized and easily crushed, the raids kept the border in a constant state of turmoil. The impact of the Upper Canadian insurgency is equally debatable. Mackenzie disagreed and wanted to attack the government troops. [57] His advice was rejected, so he proposed entrenching and defending their position at the tavern. John Charles Dent, writing in 1885, said the rebellion was a reaction from the public of the government mismanagement of the minority ruling elite. They controlled the system of patronagethroughout the colony and used political office and influence to further their own business interests. (See: The Early American Republic and the 1837–38 Canadian Rebellions.) other  [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. Radical politician William Lyon Mackenzie leads a rebellion against the colonial government of Upper Canada on December 5th, 1837. The rebels from Toronto travelled to the United States in groups of two. [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. [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. Mackenzie ignored the letter and continued his plan for rebellion. Two countries that fought in the war of 1812. at the front had been killed. [23] Mackenzie's first plan for rebellion involved calling on Sheldon & Dutcher's men to storm the city hall, where the militia's guns were stored. [55] Morrison was arrested and charged with treason while Rolph sent a letter encouraging Mackenzie to send the rebels home then fled to the United States. and moderate reformers such as Robert Baldwin, were defeated. [62] Bond Head ordered the tavern to be burned down and the rebels arrested. 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]. His report eventually led to greater autonomy in the Canadian colonies and the union of Upper and Lower Canada into the Province of Canada in 1840. All classes of people lived next to each other and socialized together, because “class” did not exist as it did in England. If Bond refused, they would declare independence from the British Empire. The root cause of resentment in Upper Canada was against the corruption and injustice by local politicians. Another 141 prisoners from both Upper and Lower Canada would be sent to Australia. Reform movement. They suffered a series of crop failures and were subject to harsh debt-collection laws. At this point only 200 men at Montgomery's Tavern were armed. Lord Gosford (1835–38). The united Province of Canada came into being in 1841. [50] Instead, Mackenzie spent the day burning down the house of Bank of Upper Canada official and questioning the loyalty of his troops. The Compact dominated the running of the government. Mackenzie saw the bank as a prop of the Government and demanded farmers withdraw the money they had deposited in the bank and public confidence in the bank decreased. In the 1820s, settlers of American origin were also denied political rights, including the choice to swear allegiance to the Crown. Signing up enhances your TCE experience with the ability to save items to your personal reading list, and access the interactive map. [11] The Reformers won a majority in the elections held in 1834 for the Legislative Assembly of the 12th Parliament of Upper Canada but the Family Compact held the majority in the Legislative Council. This became the organizational structure for the Rebellion and most of the rebel organizers were elected Constitutional Convention delegates. During 1838, the rebels continued to send expeditions across the border. 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. Rolph and Baldwin relayed the rejection to the rebels, and Rolph told Mackenzie that they should attack as soon as possible because the city was poorly defended. This caused a recession in Upper Canada. He led the rebellion in Upper Canada. This rebellion was led by William Lyon Mackenzie, the first mayor of Toronto, who wanted the same things that they wanted in Lower Canada. just upriver from the falls. was already moving towards gradual change through its appointment of more reform-minded governors: Sir James Kempt (1828–30), Lord Aylmer (1830–35) 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. When news of the arrest of the Patriote leaders reached Upper Canada, William Lyon Mackenzie launched an armed rebellion in December 1837. Mackenzie went to the United States mainland where he was arrested for violating the Neutrality Act.[69]. It had been supplying Mackenzie’s forces and was set adrift over the falls. Clergy reserves, the family compact/chateau clique, responsible government. Obviously, as a revolution it was an abject failure. 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. On their way, the rebels ran into a picket of about 20 loyalists who opened fire. the colony and used political office and influence to further their own business interests. Both men favoured an American style of government. 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. The rebels set up a roadblock south of the tavern on Yonge Street that Moodie tried riding through. 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. It was a classic example of a situation in which the class contradictions reached a point where an open confrontation had to breakout. The more recent trend is to dismiss the rebellions as unnecessary. Bond Head then offered a negotiation with Rolph, who accepted. uprising. The rebels fled north and the morale of the rebellion was irreparably broken. They prepared a petition to the Crown protesting the abuses, carried to London by Charles Duncombe, but the Colonial Office refused to hear him. He was a radical reformer in Lower Canada who was the leader of the "Patriotes", who led the rebellion in Lower Canada in 1837-38. Britain William Lyon Mackenzie, Scottish-born journalist and political agitator who led an unsuccessful revolt against the Canadian government in 1837. Lower Canada. When hearing about this change, Mackenzie quickly tried to send a messenger to Lount to tell him not to arrive until December 7 but was unable to reach Lount in time. [5] Their administrative roles were intimately tied to their business activities. Some were held for only a few days, while others were dealt with more harshly. In November 1837, James Fitzgibbon was concerned about soldiers leaving Upper Canada going to quell the Lower Canada Rebellion and urged Bond Head to keep some troops for protection, which was refused. [4], The Family Compact dominated the government of Upper Canada and the financial and religious institutions associated with it. Robert Baldwin. 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. This included the union of Upper and Lower Canada into the Province of Canada and the eventual introduction of responsible government. John Neilson. Fraser, “’The Waste that Lies Before Me’: The Public and the Private Worlds of Robert Baldwin,”. They wanted democratic reform and an end to the rule of a privileged oligarchy. Its members won control of the elected Legislative Assembly in 1828 and again in 1834. The front rank of the rebel force returned fire and then dropped to the ground, to assume a safer firing position. Fitzgibbon's call to arm a militia was also denied and he refused an armed guard at the Government's House and City Hall. He openly assisted the conservatives in winning the election of 1836. Amid these tensions, there was also economic depression in the 1830s. He left Hamilton, Ontario on December 12 and arrived in Brantford on December 13. The Society took its final form as the Toronto Political Union in 1837 and they organized local "Vigilance Committees" to elect delegates to a Constitutional Convention in July 1837. Bond Head then refused to pass any legislation from that government session including major public works projects. Early attempts to push through political reform, led by those such as Robert Baldwin, were moderate and unsuccessful. Toronto,  [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. The rebels continued their raids into Canada using the U.S. as a base of operations and, in cooperation with the U.S. Hunters' Lodges, dedicated themselves to the overthrow of British rule in Canada. [38], A Tory supporter obtained a copy of Mackenzie's declaration and showed it to authorities in Toronto. Compared to the Lower Canada Rebellion, the initial portion of the Upper Canada Rebellion was short and disorganized. Mackenzie also attacked other travellers and robbed them or questioned them about the revolt. This rebellion was led by William Lyon Mackenzie, the first mayor of Toronto, who wanted the same things that they wanted in Lower Canada. Government loyalists dispersed the rebels with a few shots, ending Mackenzie's erratic attempt to overthrow the colonial government. James Fitzgibbon. The rebels without arms were sent to the tavern with their prisoners. The rebellions, and their more limited counterpart in Upper Canada in 1837, led directly to the appointment of Lord Durham and the Durham Report. [74], Paul Romney explains this failure of historical imagination as the outcome of an explicit strategy adopted by reformers in the face of charges of disloyalty to Britain in the wake of the Rebellions of 1837. However, he succeeded in helping to cause the rebellion. 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). These policies favoured r… "Rebellion in Upper Canada". It recommended that the Canadas be united into one colony. [7] Lacking the minimum capital needed to found the bank, the corporate leaders persuaded the government to subscribe for a quarter of its shares. Upper and Lower Canada & The Rebellions of 1837. [34] Mackenzie printed broadsheets listing grievances and a call to arms to communities surrounding Toronto. Sir Francis Bond Head and the rash behaviour of William Lyon Mackenzie. After the War of 1812 the colonial government prevented Americans from swearing allegiance, thereby making them ineligible to obtain land grants. [39] Government officials met at the Lieutenant Governor's residence on December 2 to discuss how to stop rumours of a rebellion. [19] He appealed to the people's desire to maintain part of the British Empire and a paternalistic attitude of the Crown providing goods for the people. the Durham Report. They controlled the system of patronage throughout The second Rebellion in Lower Canada soon followed. Many were non-conformist in their religious views and somewhat republican in their political leanings.) [33] After the Battle of Saint-Denis Fitzgibbon prepared a list of men that he could contact personally if a rebellion began in Toronto. They agreed to send sixty men to the Don Bridge to divert government troops. 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. The rebellions in both Upper and Lower Canada led directly to the appointment of Lord Durham and [47] The rebel leaders met that night to discuss who would become the rebellion's leader after the death of Anderson and Lount's refusal to lead on his own. to withdraw on 14 January, after Canadian volunteers burned the rebel ship, Caroline. Between 5 and 8 December 1837, approximately 1,000 men gathered at Montgomery's Tavern in Toronto. The loyalist forces included 120 Black soldiers under the command of Colonel Samuel Jarvis. The Upper Canada Rebellion was largely defeated shortly after it began, although resistance lingered until 1838. The 1837 rebellion in Upper Canada was a less violent, more limited affair than the uprising earlier that year in Lower Canada. [61] The armed forces were split into two companies and went to fields on both sides of Yonge Street. On 8 December, a force of about 1,000 volunteers loyal to the government dispersed the remaining rebels at Montgomery’s Tavern. [53] The rebels believed there were several battalions of troops firing upon them and several ran away. William Lyon Mackenzie (not William Lyon Mackenzie King) led the rebellion of Upper Canada in 1837. The ensuing conflicts along the border led to many more executions, deaths and deportations than the original [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. The Compact was an elite clique of officials and businessmen who ran the colony, largely through a system of patronage. It was initially thought that the Toronto rebellion was successful, contributing to Charles Duncombe wanting to rise up as well. incursions in the southwest. Both rebellions were motivated by frustrations with political reform. The Reformers urged that Buckner, Phillip A. . [72] A group of rebels escaped their prison at Fort Henry and travelled to the United States. [49] Meanwhile, Bond Head proposed a negotiating session with rebel leaders to Marshall Spring Bidwell, who declined. [65] Upon hearing more details about the rebellion in Toronto, Duncombe convened a series of public meetings to spread news of the supposed atrocities committed by Bond Head against all suspected reformers to help increase anti-government support. It was decided that Mackenzie would become the leader. Upper & Lower Canada faced many problems which led to The Rebellion of 1837. For example, William Allan "was an executive councillor, a legislative councillor, President of the Toronto and Lake Huron Railroad, Governor of the British American Fire and Life Assurance Company and President of the Board of Trade. 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. Upper Canada. Although Lount wanted to launch an attack that night, other rebels leaders rejected that plan so that the troops could rest after their march and they could get information from Rolph about the status of rebels who lived in Toronto. [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. [64], News of the intended rebellion had reached London and the surrounding townships by December 7. 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. [18], Unlike previous Lt. Governors, Bond Head actively supported Tory candidates and utilized Orange Order violence in order to ensure their election. Historians have debated the consequences of the rebellion in Upper Canada. Bond Head was recalled in late 1837 and replaced with Sir George Arthur who arrived in Toronto in March 1838. Marching down Yonge Street, his disorganized group of rebel soldiers was quickly dispersed, and Mackenzie fled to the United States. Thus, responsible government became a "pragmatic" policy of alleviating local abuses, rather than a revolutionary anti-colonial moment. [26] Farmers organised target practice sessions and forges in the Home District and Simcoe County created weapons for the rebellion. Relations between the appointed Legislative Council and the elected Legislative Assembly became increasingly strained in the years after the war, over issues of immigration, taxation, banking and land speculation. 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