Great Britain and France were fighting a war that threatened to interfere with American trade. By not taking sides in the war, the US was able to continue this trade. Britain blockaded the French coast. French then announced that it would seize ships caught trading with Britain.
The Embargo Act
British naval ships began stopping American ships. Then, they would force these deserters to return to the British navy. The practice of forcing people to serve in the navy, called impressment.
June 1807, British warship stopped the American Chesapeake. The Leopard's captain demanded to search the American ship for British leaders. The Chesapeake captain refused which lead to the British opening fire.
We have the loudest voices!
Banned imports from and exports to ll foreign countries. Ships confined to their harbor, unemployment rose in New England. Without European markets, the south couldn't sell tobacco or cotton.
The settlers were moving onto lands that were guaranteed to Native Americans by treaty. Some Native Americans renewed their contacts with British agents and fur traders in Canada. Tenskwatawa urged Native Americans to return to their ancient customs.
The lowest voices came from a group of young Republican congress members. There were increases in military spending and they were driven by hunger for land. The federalists in the Northeast remained strongly opposed to the idea.