Why Did The War Of 1812 Occur

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The war of 1812 was an armed military conflict between the United States and the British Empire, which comprised of the Great Britain, Ireland and its colonies in North America. It was commenced on June 18th, 1812 by the United States and lasted for another two and a half years. At that time, the Great Britain was the greatest naval power in the world. The United States viewed this as a war on its own whereas Europe viewed it as grounds for the Napoleon wars, since it was caused by issues related to that war. However, this war had a large impact on the future of the United States. The war of 1812 was caused by a number of reasons, some of them being the US interests in expanding its territories and the British 's attempts to restrict US trade. At the start of the 19th century, Britain was involved in a long conflict with France; both countries were trying to prevent the United States from trading with the other in an attempt to stop supplies from reaching their enemy. This was implemented by an order from Britain which required any neutral country to obtain a license permitting it to trade with French colonies and the Royal Navy 's act of impressment, intended to outrage the Americans. The…show more content…
That 's how the war started. The war of 1812 occurred in three major areas: the Atlantic Ocean, the US-Canadian frontier and the Gulf Coast of the United States. At sea, both countries attacked its enemy 's merchant 's ships using its warships while Britain blocked the Atlantic Coast of the United States. Having most of its forces tied down in Europe, Britain employed a defensive strategy in the upper and lower provinces of Canada. Their earlier defeat of the uncoordinated US troops proved that conquering Canada would be more challenging than anticipated. The US attempted to attack Canada (which was a British colony at that time) but their efforts were in vain: the US armies were clearly not prepared as opposed to the British 's defense which was well coordinated by Sir Isaac
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