This is a story board by Ellie Yellitz about the causes and phases of the War of 1812.
President James Madison started supporting the war soon after he became president. One of the reasons why he supported the war was the impressment of many American sailors by the British. Another reason was the Native American Resistance that was going on at the time.
One of the biggest causes of the War of 1812 was the impressment of American sailors by British soldiers. The sailors were being kidnapped form their boats and made to serve in the British army. This made many Americans extremely angry.
Phase 1 of the War of 1812 mostly took place by the Great Lakes or near Canada. This war would decide the fate of these two areas. Both America and Britain wanted control of Canada and the Great Lakes.
Phase 2 of the war occurred when Washington D.C. was burned to the ground by the British forces. Dolly Madison, a hero of this event, saved many valuable paintings and artifacts from the burning building. It was around this time that Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner during a battle in Baltimore, Maryland.
Phase 3 of the war took place in New Orleans, after the British attacked. Andrew Jackson led the American army in retaliation. With a loss of 2,000 men from the British and only 71 men from the Americans, Jackson became a war hero.
The War of 1812 finally ended with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent. The war helped to weaken the Native American resistance towards western settlement, and it began the Industrial Revolution. Overall, the war increased American patriotism within the country.
By Ellie Yellitz
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