The War of 1812

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  • James Madison becomes President
  • James Madison became president on March 4, 1809, taking on the problems of the presidents before him and later became the first president to declare war on a foreign country while in office.
  • Welcome, President Madison, to the White House.
  • The War of 1812 began on June 18, 1812. Madison's reasons to go to war included impressment of Americans into the British Navy and the fact that Britain was supplying guns to Native Americans trying to stop westward expansion.
  • Madison Prepares to Declare War on Britain
  • This is enough outrage! We must gather Congress and declare war on Britain!
  • President Madison, Britain is hijacking American ships and forcing Americans to work in their Navy!
  • President Madison, Natives in the west are attacking Americans, and they have British guns!
  • Oliver Hazard Perry led Americans during the battle, even after his ship was sunk. He got in a rowboat and went to another US boat to continue the battle.
  • Oliver Hazard Perry Defeated the British Navy in Lake Eerie
  • Amercans, we cannot surrender! We must fight for our country!
  • Francis Scott Key authored "The Star Spangled Banner" while watching the British attempt and fail to take Fort McHenry.
  • Francis Scott Key and the Bombardment of Fort McHenry
  • Americans need to know that we can endure, and this battle proves it. I'll figure out a way to spread the word of our brave stance here at Fort McHenry.
  • At the battle of New Orleans, Andrew Jackson stopped a British invasion meant to stop Americans from using the Mississippi river for trade. The British suffered over 2000 casualties during the battle while Americans took only 71 casualties. These low amounts of casualties made Jackson a national hero.
  • Andrew Jackson and the Battle of New Orleans
  • We've had 2,000 casualties? And we lost to that untrained group of Americans who didn't even have as many troops as us?
  • Only 71 casualties! I'd say we had a successful battle.
  • US manufacturing was forced to increase during the War of 1812 because trading was made difficult by the British blockade of American ports. This increase in domestic goods eventually led to the industrial revolution.
  • Increased US Manufacturing
  • They're domestic goods we've made to replace foreign goods while the British blockade was stopping trade.
  • Hey, what's all this?
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