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Battle of Lake Erie

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Oliver Hazard Perry


Definition: American victory over British ships on September 10, 1813. This victory secured the Northwest Territory for America and reversed the British momentum gained at the surrender of Fort Detroit. At Put-in-Bay, Ohio Territory, American ships under Oliver Hazard Perry engaged British ships. The American ships were smaller, but they had more of them. Of the American victory, Perry made his famous statement: "We have met the enemy, and they are ours."

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The Battle of Lake Erie
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Battle of Lake Erie in Brief
Just a few facts on the famous battle.

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