This war would determine once and for all role that the Great Britain would play in the future!
Causes of the War
I declare war on Great Britain!
The natives were using the British-made guns and the British had been privately joining them.
We need to drive Britain out of Canada!
War in the East
War of 1812 is different than America's fight for independence. Both of the wars were the U.S. trying to get independence but this war would determine the role that Great Britain would play in the future affairs of the U.S.
War in the West
They have way more ships than us!
Madison wanted to remain neutral in the conflict between Britain and France but he was forced to make a move. One thing that tipped Madison in favor of war withBritain was the natives were exerting British-made guns and the British had been privately joining themselves with the natives in the American west and the other one was they wanted independence. On June 1, 1812, Madison declared war on Great Britain.
War in the South
This is a command, seize the city of New Orleans.
The British took over Washington D.C. and raided the Chesapeake Bay. Dolly Madison was remembered for escaping the White House while carrying the portrait of George Washington. Then, the British attacked Baltimore's Ft. McHenry and the Royal Navy bombed it for 25 hours straight. Francis Scott Key watched the battle and wrote a poem after. The poem was renamed "The Star-Spangled Banner" and became the national anthem of the country later on.
Effects of the War
We are proud to be Americans!!
On September 10, 1813, during the Battle of Lake Erie, 9 British vessels battled 6 vessels of the U.S. The battle was fought off northern coast of Ohio. The American victory gave them the control of the lake for the war's duration. 3 weeks later, they won the Battle of the Thames and the Americans ended the big conflict in the west.
The final battle of the War of 1812 took place on January 8, 1815. Commanded by Andrew Jackson, the American forces seized the city of New Orleans and claimed their control over the 800,000 square mile tract of land known as Louisiana Territory again. 2 weeks before the battle, a treaty was signed in Ghent, Belgium and it ended the war, but slow connection between the US and Europe would effect in the treaty not being approved in the US Senate until Feb. 18, 1815.
One big change the war had on the U.S. was Great Britain imposed a blockade on the American Coast and were unable to import goods they depended on. This helped the growth of American factories to fill the gap. Second, the destruction of the Indian alliance after the Battle of the Thames relieved the westward movements of Americans. Last, defeating the British made people proud to be an American.