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James Madison, the 4th president of the United States of America. He went through a huge war during his president term.
The British were impressing our trading sailors and raiding our ships as they came over seas. Plus Native Americans on our land were causing trouble in the west. So James Madison asked congress to declare war.
Phase 1: The Battles at the Great Lakes Oliver Hazard Perry beat the greatest army in the world in Lake Eerie on a canoe. William Henry Harrison finished them off when they fled back into Canada in the Battle of Thames.
Phase 2: Britain had finally ended their war with France. They had won and put all of their fire into defeating America. They formed a blockade on the east coast. Plus they came to Washington D.C. and burned down the white house.
Also at the same time Francis Scott Key saw a British invasion stopped by Americans and wrote the Star Spangled Banner.
Phase 3: British troops attacked New Orleans to try and cut off trade with use of the Mississippi. Andrew Jackson commanded in 1815 and won a battle with only 71 casualties. The British had over 2,000 casualties!
The effects of the war included: Increasing of American patriotism. The major heroes of the war were Andrew Jackson, William Henry Harrison, and Commodore Perry. The Native Americans scattered and we could finally start to settle past the Appalachian Mts. into the territory that we own.
After the war Britain and the U.S. just left each other alone. Our manufacturing grew grater and trading started up again. This led to the Industrial Revolution.
The treaty of Ghent ended the war of 1812.
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