War of 1812

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  • British Impressment
  • Frontier Conflicts with Natives
  • The British Attack Washington DC
  • Great Britain starts a rule of impressment (kidnapping American sailors and forcing them to serve on British ships.)
  • The British attack Baltimore/Fort Mchenry
  • Chief Tucumseh leads the Indian resistance to western settlement. After the Battle of Tippecanoe British weapons were discovered on the battlefield.
  • Treaty of Ghent
  • On August 1814, the British invaded Washington DC and attacked and set fire to the White House but Dolly Madison was able to save several historical documents.
  • The Battle of New Orleans
  • British didn't try to hold Washington DC, instead the left and sailed to Baltimore. Fort Mchenry wanted a flag "So large that the British won't have difficulty seeing it." Francis Scott Key was moved by patriotic feelings and wrote a poem (The Star-Spangled Banner.)
  • After two years of fighting, the British determined that the war was no longer worth their resources. On December 24, 1814 the Treaty of Ghent officially ended the war. There was no clear winner of war.
  • The battle took place on January 8, 1815, after the war had ended but before the treaty. Hundreds of British soldiers were killed and this was a sign of victory for Americans. The war spurred economic growth and moved toward an industrial economy in America. It also became a social "Era of Good Feelings."
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