Where do we begin? The war of 1812. What many might not know is that Fort Malden was originally known as Fort Amherstburg. Fort Amherstburg had many different uses. Some include being a port of trade for the Great Lakes areas, as well as the hub for the Indian Department. This department helped to establish native military efforts that would join forces in the war, as well as establish a relationship between British colonizers and Indians. Fort Amherstburg also included the King’s Navy Yard, which housed historic ships such as the Queen Charlotte. The fort played a crucial role in the war, as it was site of the first major victory. The spark of this win was the raid of the Cuyahoga, an American ship. Under the command of Thomas St. George, the raid provided key information on what General William Hull had planned. This included notes on his attack plans. This led to Hull halting his attack lines, providing a win for the Brits.