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The British have been attacking and impressing (kidnapping) too many Americans. They have sided with the Indians to attack us, and furthermore, have been interfering with our trade! This has gone too far.
Go go go! Board their ship!
James Madison was elected president in 1808. The most important thing he was in was the War of 1812. He was the first president to ask Congress for war. More specifically, war with Britain.
Madison believed that war was necessary because of British interference with trade to France, siding with the Indians on attacks on Americans, and impressing, or kidnapping, American sailors. Congress declared war on Britain in 1812.
Go back where you belong!
Phase One- Great Lakes/Canada/NW During this time, the war was mostly fought by the navy. Oliver Hazard Perry battled the British navy in Lake Eerie. They fought for 2 hours when Perry's ship sunk. After that, Perry boarded another ship and won the Battle of Thames
Phase Two- East Coast After Napoleon's defeat in 1814, Britain focused its full force upon the U.S. The British blockaded the East coast, raided Washington D.C., and burned down the White House. A lawyer named Francis Scott Key watched the bombardment of Ft. McHenry and composed the Star-Spangled Banner.
Phase 3- New Orleans In order to stop trading within the U.S., Britain attacked the city of New Orleans to cut off use of the Mississippi River. James Madison sent Andrew Jackson to stop the British from taking control of the Mississippi. The results= 71 American casualties, 2,000 British casualties.
The Outcome- Finally, the Treaty of Ghent ended the War of 1812, but not everything was bad. Because of the lack of trade, manufacturing became needed and we started to make our own things. Native Americans were weak after their leader died, so we could go westward, and Americans felt proud of their country (patriotism).
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