Britain and France were in a war, and the U.S stayed on neutral terms of the war so they could continue trading. Britain and France Tried to stop each other from trading with the U.S, this caused trading issues for the United States.
The Embargo Act
Im banning all trades with foreign countries!
Britain captured any U.S deserters and made them join the British navy/army.
Can you trade with us? We need supplies.
The Leopard's captain wanted to search the American ship for British deserters, but the Chesapeake's captain refused. It resulted in the British opening fire, injuring the Chesapeake and killing three crew members.
Lets go capture some of the U.S land!
The act targeted Great Britain, but the embargo banned imports from and exports to foreign countries. Jefferson wanted to prevent Americans from using other countries as go-betweens for forbidden trade.
Native Americans broke off from the U.S to trade with Britain and Canada.
The War Hawks supported increases in military spending and were driven by hunger for land. War Hawks also wanted to expand the nation's power.