The War of 1812


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  • British Agression against the U.S.
  • You are now a member of the British navy, by the order of King George!
  • Declaration of War
  • I ask for a declaration of war with Britain!
  • Phase One of the War
  • You have been defeated!
  • All throughout the early 1800's British ships captured American merchant ships and impressed their sailors into the British navy to support their war with Napoleon. They also allied themselves with the Native Americans in the Northwest Territory and supplied them with guns to attack American settlers.
  • Phase Two of the War
  • After years of aggression's like these the fourth president of the U.S., James Madison (1809-1817), asked for a declaration war with Britain and on June 1, 1812 Congress declared war.
  • Phase Three of the War
  • The early clashes of the war happened mainly around and in The Great Lakes. The commander of the U.S. Navy in the Great Lakes, Oliver Hazard Perry, soon defeated the British Great Lakes fleet and shortly after William Henry Harrison defeated the British and their native allies at the Battle of Thames. At that battle the main native resistance leader, Tecumseh, was killed.
  • Afterwards and the Effects of the War
  • After the British won their war with Napoleon in 1814 they were able to send more troops to America. Those troops marched to and almost completely burned down Washington D.C. Their navy then besieged Ft. McHenry in Baltimore. The American militia held though, and during the battle Francis Scott Key wrote "Star Spangled Banner".
  • That will teach those American scum!
  • In the last stretch of the war the British attempted to take New Orleans, which was defended by militia led by Andrew Jackson. The militia numbered 7000 and the British troops numbered 7500, but Jackson defeated them, killing over 2000. This major victory turned Jackson into a war hero and was the biggest American victory of the war.
  • We have defeated you yet again!
  • On December 24, 1814, two weeks before the Battle of New Orleans, the Treaty of Ghent was signed, ending the war. After the war America gained massive amounts of prestige and respect, and experienced a wave of nationalism. The war also increased Americas industry, because America had to start making it's own things because of a British blockade. This would be one of the major causes of the Industrial Revolution.
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