The War of 1812

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  • James Madison became president in 1808. He was the fourth US president, and declared war on Britain in 1812.
  • James Madison became president in 1808. He was the fourth president, and declared war on Britain in 1812.a In 1808, James Madison became president. He was the 4th president, and declared war on Britain during his presidency.
  • One of the main causes of the war was the Indian Alliance. Britain had been supplying the natives with weapons, and telling them to attack the Americans.
  • During the war, Britain invaded Washington D.C, setting fire to the US Capitol and White House. Although much was lost, a painting of George Washington was saved.
  • Fort McHenry was a US fort that underwent bombardment from British Naval forces for hours on end. The ever-standing flag prompted a prisoner of the British, Francis Scott Key, to write the Star Spangled Banner.
  • Surprisingly, one of the battles of the War of 1812 actually took place after the war had concluded. The Battle of New Orleans was a massive success for the American army, led by Andrew Jackson.
  • After the War of 1812, patriotism surged in many Americans, and the United States was able to become far more industrial and self-sustaining.
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