The War of 1812

The War of 1812
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In 1808, James Madison was elected President of the USA. During this time, hostilities with Britain were appearing again. Britain was taking USA ships through a process called impressment, in which they forced the USA ships into the British Navy. The British were also supplying weapons to Native American groups who were hostile toward the USA. Despite being only decades beyond the American Revolution, the USA was already having its independence threatened.

Britain took Washington D.C. in 1814. However, Britain and America would eventually find peace. The war was fought in three main areas. First, at sea, the British blockaded certain areas on the Atlantic coast of the USA. Second, battles were fought on the Canadian American border. Third, there were major battles in the Gulf Coast in which the American forces defeated a British invasion New Orleans.

America entered into a state of neutrality with Britain by signing the Treaty of Ghent on December 24th, 1814. The British had little to gain in continuing war with the USA and wanted to profit once again by trading with the USA. Soldiers did not get word of the peace in New Orleans until after the Battle of New Orleans in 1815 was over, which was a victory for the USA.

The Star Spangled Banner is the national anthem of the United States. The lyrics come from The Defense of Fort McHenry, a poem written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key after an American victory known as the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812. In 1931, it was made the official national anthem by a Congress.

The War of 1812 changed the USA in the following ways. First, the Federalist Party faded away because many opposed the war effort. Second, America manufactured more products because they were unable to get products from Britain. This contributed to the rise of the Market Revolution. Third, the war confirmed the USA’s independence from Britain.

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