Why is Laura Secord (1775-1868) considered a Canadian hero?

Answer: During the War of 1812 (1812-1815), Secord walked 20 miles through American-occupied territory to warn British forces of an impending American attack on the Niagara peninsula. This information was vital and enabled a British and First Nation victory at the ensuing Battle of Beaver Dams (June 24 1813).

Source: Heroines and History by Colin MacMillian Coates et al

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