The War of 1812


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Makena Patterson

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  • James Madison's Presidency
  • We must stop the British! Their impressment of our sailors is unacceptable. Congress, a war is needed in order to keep this country a free and powerful nation!
  • British Impressment and Native American Resistance
  • YOU'RE OURS NOW!!!!!!!!
  • Phase 1: Naval Battles and the Battle of Thames
  • James Madison was the fourth president of the United states! He was elected in 1808 and he was a Democratic-Republican. James Madison stood before Congress, asking them for a war against Britain.
  • Phase 2: Burning of Washington D.C. and Fort McHenry
  • The War of 1812 was caused primarily by the impressment (capturing) of American sailors by the British and Native American resistance. The British captured American sailors at sea, and also influenced the Native Americans by providing guns and other weapons that further aided the Native American's resistance against the United States.
  • Phase 3: Battle of New Orleans
  • In Phase 1, most of the battles fought were naval. In the Battle of Lake Erie, Oliver Hazard Perry basically jumped ship to continue fighting the British, and won! Finally, at the Battle of Thames, William Henry Harrison defeats Britain and the Native American leader Tecumseh dies, allegedly killed by Harrison himself.
  • Effects of the War
  • Britain burns Washington D.C. down to a crisp, scorching important buildings such as the White House and the Capitol. Additionally, Britain takes control of Fort McHenry. No matter how hard the bombardment was, the U.S. flag was still flying, It was this sight that inspired Francis Scott Key to write our national anthem when he was a prisoner of war.
  • In the Battle of New Orleans, some 2,000 British soldiers were killed while the United States only suffered 71 casualties, making this the biggest victory in the entire war. As well, it established Andrew Jackson, who was in command, as a war hero- which eventually helped him win his presidency.
  • After the war of 1812, trade with England was impossible. Since America got a great deal of its goods from Britain, the country turned to itself to start producing its own products. Soon enough, the War of 1812 started the Industrial Revolution.
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