Thames, a river of Connecticut, formed by the junction of the Quinebaug (with its branch the Shetucket) and Yantic rivers at the city of Norwich, and flowing thence S. about 15 m. to Long Island sound, which it enters below New London. It is wide and beautiful, navigable for large vessels to Norwich, and has an excellent harbor at its mouth. The streams which form it possess numerous valuable mill sites, and the large amount of manufactured goods from the factories on their banks make the Thames an important avenue of commerce.
Thames, a river of Ontario, Canada, flowing through a fertile country in the peninsula formed by Lakes Huron and Erie, and after a S. W. course of about 160 m. discharging into Lake St. Clair. It is navigable for small vessels from its mouth to Chatham, 18 m. The city of London is the most important place on its banks. - At the Moravian settlement on this river, Oct. 5, 1813, the battle of the Thames was fought between the British under Gen. Proctor, with an auxiliary force of 2,000 Indians led by Tecumseh, and the Americans under Gen. W. II. Harrison. The American cavalry, commanded by Col. Richard M. Johnson, opened the battle, and defeated the enemy. Tecumseh was killed, and 600 prisoners, six pieces of cannon, and large quantities of stores were taken by the Americans.