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  • President Madison asked Congress to declare war on Britain because Britain impressed US sailors, blocked US trade with France and gave Indians weapons to fight US settlers.
  • Oliver Hazard Perry defeated Britain in the Battle of Lake Erie, Sept 10, 1813. "We have met the enemy, and they are ours!"
  • Lake Erie
  • William Henry Harrison defeated Tecumseh & the British at Thames, Oct 5, 1813.
  • After defeating France, Britain invaded Washington D.C. & burned the Capitol & White House, Aug 24, 1814.
  • When Francis Scott Key saw the US flag wave over Ft McHenry after 25 hours of British bombardment, he wrote the Star Spangled Banner.
  • A US victory at Lake Champlain, Sept 11, 1814, weakened Britain's desire to continue the war.
  • The Treaty of Ghent ended the War of 1812 Dec 24, 1814.  US pride surged, Indian resistance in the NW weakened & the Federalists Party came to an end.
  • Andrew Jackson won at New Orleans, Jan 8, 1815.  The battle took place after the war was over as news traveled slowly.
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