The French and British were at war. They threatened American trade. The United States traded with the British and the French. The U.S. didn't take a side in the war. The U.S. liked neutral rights because it means they can sail and not take sides.
The Embargo Act
No exports allowed here!
Impressment is when you force people to serve in the navy. The british also impressed hundreds of native-born and naturalized American citizens. The British waited for American ships and searched them.
The Chesapeake is an American ship that was stopped by the British warship Leopard. The captain demanded to search the ship. The Chesapeake denied do the British opened fire and it cripples the chesapeake. For that Jefferson banned some trade with Britain.
The Embargo Act was passed in December of 1807. It targeted Great Britain. The Embargo Act banned imports from and exports to all foreign countries. It was a disaster because unemployment rose in New England and without European markets the South could not sell tobacco and cotton.
Tecumesen a shawnee chief also thought that the treaties the U.S. government made were worthless. " The Great spirit gave this great island to his red children," No one nation, he believed, had the right to give it away.
We don't like the treaties
The War Hawks is a group of young Republican congress members. The War Hawks supported increases in military spending and were driven by hunger for land. From the West they wanted fertile forests of Southern Canada. Also wanted to expand the nations power.