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  • June 22nd, in 1807
  • Embargo Act: The Embargo Act of 1807
  • December 24, 1814
  • End The War between U.S. and Britain
  • The Chesapeake was one ship created to defend American interests at sea, and ultimately form the foundation of the U.S. Navy. The Chesapeake was attacked and fired at by a British vessel. This outraged the U.S. and almost led to a war in 1807.
  • Impeachment: Late 1700s - Early 1800s
  • The Embargo Act of 1807 imposed a general embargo that made any and all exports from the United States illegal. It was sponsored by President Thomas Jefferson and enacted by Congress. The goal was to force Britain and France to respect American rights during the Napoleonic Wars.
  • Decalaration of War: June 12, 1812
  • The Treaty of Ghent, signed on December 24, 1814 in the city of Ghent, was the peace treaty that ended the War of 1812 between the United States and the United Kingdom. For the most part, territory captured in the war was returned to the original owner. It also set up a commission to determine the disputed Canada/U.S. border.
  • The British burn Washington, DC: August 24, 1814.
  • When the British lost the Revolutionary War they also lost access to the large American naval labor force. The Royal Navy sailed worldwide and its labor needs were intense, solved by going into the streets, saloons and homes of port cities and capturing would-be sailors. It often categorized impressed sailors as British subjects, no matter their origins. The practice became an increasing point of conflict between the United States and Great Britain.
  • The United States declared war on Great as a result of numerous disputes between the two countries. The British continuously engaged in impressment and forced US citizens to serve in the Royal Navy. The British also attacked the USS Chesapeake. Disputes continued with Great Britain over the Northwest Territories and the border with Canada. Finally, Great Britain's blockade of France during the Napoleonic Wars served as a constant source of conflict with the United States.
  • Let's go to war!
  • On this day in 1814, during the War of 1812 between the United States and England, British troops enter Washington, D.C. and burn the White House in retaliation for the American attack on the city of York in Ontario, Canada, in June 1812. It elevated the war, but also pride and nationalism in America.
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