Essay On The War Of 1812

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The War of 1812 was between the United States of America and the United Kingdom. It was fought in three different theatres, which are areas where important military battles occurred. The first one was at sea where Britain blockaded the Atlantic coast which hurt the U.S. in several different ways. The second theatre was the land and naval battles which were fought near the Canadian border, more specifically along the Great Lakes. The last theatre of the war was in the southern part of the U.S. It started on June 18, 1812, when President James Madison signed the declaration of war previously voted on by Congress, and ended on February 18, 1815, when the Treaty of Ghent was ratified. Although the war is associated by the Napoleonic Wars, the main…show more content…
Britain introduced trade restrictions in 1807, impeding trade between France and neutral countries. The U.S. opposed this, since it violated international laws. With American merchant marines significantly growing in size at the time, Britain was worried about the increasing competition. Another major reason the U.S. declared war against Britain was the impressment of sailors into the British Royal Navy. The process of impressment is the act of forcing men into a navy, and this is exactly what Britain did. Britain expanded the amount of ships in its navy, and so it needed sailors to fill those ships. Obviously, the U.S. was not happy about the potential American citizens being forced into the British Royal Navy. The last major occurrence that this essay will focus on which contributed to the War of 1812 was British support for Native-American raids on the U.S. A lot of the native tribes came together under Tenskwatawa, a leader of the Shawnee tribe, to block U.S. expansion in North America. Seeing them as potential effective allies against the U.S., Britain did everything it could to gain the loyalty of the Native-Americans. This was another direct hit against the
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