War of 1812


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  • James Madison was the fourth president of the United Sates. Britain had been continuing to attack the U.S. and use impressent even more. Madison wanted to go to war with them, and went to Congress to approve the war.
  • James Madison as President
  • Enough is enough! We need to go to war!
  • The British had been imposing impressment, as well as continuing to attack U.S. ships. Because of this, James Madison wanted to approve a war with them, even after Britain said they would stop attacking. The Natives had also been a problem. Led by chief Tecumseh, they were resisting the Americans and allying with the British in Canada.
  • Impressment and Native American Resistance
  • You work for our ships now!
  • Ha! I have defeated your so-called great fleet of ships!
  • In 1812 through 1814, the war against Britain was fought mostly by the Navy. One war hero, Oliver Hazard Perry, defeated an entire fleet of British ships from a rowboat after his ship sank. The British then retreated to Canada, and General William Henry Harrison followed them. He fought and defeated them at the Battle of Thames.
  • Phase 1
  • In 1814, Britain finally won their war with France, which unfortunately meant that they put all of their energy and resources into defeating the U.S. They blockaded the entire coast, and went to Washington D.C. and burned down the White House. Around the same time, Ft. McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland was being bombarded. Francis Scott Key wrote "The Star Spangled Banner" as he witnessed this battle.
  • Phase 2
  • During phase 3, the British attacked New Orleans in order to cut off the Americans use of the Mississippi River. In 1815 James Madison sent Andrew Jackson to command their forces, and he became a national war hero by leading the U.S. to victory at the Battle of New Orleans. The War of 1812 officially ended shortly before this with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent.
  • Phase 3
  • For America!!!
  • After the War of 1812 was over, American patriotism was increased, and war heroes like Andrew Jackson and William Henry Harrison were greatly remembered. Native Americans also stopped resisting to westward settlement. Most of all though, the war increased U.S. manufacturing, which was the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.
  • Effects of the War
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