Caroline and Creole Affairs –
1837 -A group of Canadian malcontents determined to free Canada from British rule made looting forays into Canada from an island being supplied by the US ship Caroline. A party led by a Canadian loyalist Colonel McNab attacked the Caroline, burned the vessel, killed an black American on board, and pushed the remains over the Niagra Falls. The US exaggerated this to make the public outraged against GB.
1841 - The Creole Affair involved slaves, aboard the slave ship Creole, who mutinied and killed a crewman, then sailed to the Bahamas, where the British let them all go. The U.S. wanted the slaves back, but Britain refused, b/c GB had ended slavery by then. Reignited the attack on slavery by northern abolitionists, generated diplomatic tension between Great Britain and the United States.