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In Canada it raised the prices of all farm produce, and trade prospered. But there was danger that England might be drawn into the conflict, and in that case Canada would almost certainly have been the battle-ground. Early in the war the captain of a Northern man-of-war forcibly took two Southerners, on their tray to England, from a British ship. Upon this British troops were promptly sent across the Atlantic, but before they landed the American president, Lincoln, gave up the captured Southerners.
On the other hand, some of the Americans were very angry with England because she had not prevented the escape of the Alabama and several other vessels from her ports, where the\- had been fitted tip by Southerners to injure the trade of the Northern States. Again, in the autumn of 1804, some Southerners who had taken refuge in Canada attacked two American vessels on Lake Erie. A little later they made a sudden raid on St. Albans, in Vermont. and robbed several banks. They returned to Canada with their plunder, and as they were not punished it is not surprising that the Americans were indignant with Canada for sheltering them.
The danger of war inclined the British provinces to think all the more seriously of union ; but before we go on with the story of how Confederation came about, we must tern our attention to the west.