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The Burning of Washington

The Burning of Washington was a British invasion of Washington, D.C. On August 24 1814, after defeating the American at the Battle of Bladensburg. A British force led by Major General Robert Ross burned down multiple buildings, including the White House, the Capitol building, as well as other facilities of the US Government. The attack was in part a retaliation for the recent American destruction of Port Dover in Upper Canada. The Burning of Washington marks the only time since the American Revolutionary War that a foreign power has captured and occupied the United States Capital.