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  • Impressment
  • Jefferson solves the problem
  • President Madison's Dilemma
  • Great Britain started kidnapping American soldiers and forcing them to serve in the British navy.  American anger over impressment peaked in 1807.  Twenty one Americans were killed or wounded and this attack set off a war with Great Britain. 
  • Piracy
  • Tripoli signed a peace treaty with the US in 1805 which made it so he would stop forcing them to pay tribute.  The United States paid 60,000 dollars for the crew of Philadelphia. In 1815 US and European naval forces destroyed pirate bases. 
  • The Battle of New Orleans 
  • Madison took office in 1809.  He offered France and Great Britain a deal if they would stop ceasing their attacks on American ships then they would stop trading with their enemy.  People in the South and West wanted to go to war but they resented Great Britain's policy of impressing US sailors.
  • The War of 1812
  • President Washington and Adams both paid tribute to Barbary State in exchange for the safety of American ships. By the time Jefferson became president the US had paid almost $2 million to Barbary states. To show he was serious he declared war on the US. Jefferson hated war but hated paying tribute more.  
  • New Orleans was defended by General Andrew Jackson and a ragtag army of 7,000 militia. Jackson's troops met them deadly with fire. 2,000 British soldiers were killed or wounded compared to only 20 Americans.
  • At Madison's request, Congress declared war on Great Britain on July 17, 1812. They had 7,000 poorly trained men and a navy with only 16 ships.
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