10.3: A Time of Conflict

10.3: A Time of Conflict

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  • Violating Neutral Rights
  • Impressment
  • You will go back into the Navy, RIght Now!
  • The Chesapeake
  • Great Britain and France fought a war that threatened to interfere with American trade. However, the U.S. traded with both Britain and France. This is where neutral rights started.
  • The Embargo Act
  • Many of British sailors had deserted due to the terrible living conditions- hard labor, harsh treatment, and terrible food. British ships started to stop American ships for search. British forced people to return in to Navy
  • Broken Treaties
  • British opened fire and killed three American crew members, on the Chesapeake, due to the captain demanding to search the American ship. Many Americans demanded war against Britain, but President Jefferson avoided war.
  • War Hawks
  • John Calhoun
  • Henry Clay
  • Embargo imports from and exports to all foreign countries. It also prohibited trade with other countries. Now, all of Europe could go back to normal.
  • Settlers went into land that was guaranteed to the Native Americans by treaty. Tecumseh, a powerful Shawnee chief, believed that a strong alliance could achieve the goal of halting the white movement into Native American lands. His message spread quickly and wide.
  • The loudest voices heard was a group of young republican congress members, led by Henry Clay of Kentucky and John Calhoun of South Carolina. They represented the west and south. They supported increases in military spending and were driven by hunger for land. War Hawks from the west wanted the fertile forests of southern Canada, and the southerners wanted Spanish Florida. They also wanted to expand the nation's power. Their loyalty to their land -nationalism- appealed to a renewed American patriotism. Not everyone wanted war, however, the federalists in the Northeast remained strongly opposed.
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