In June of 1812, President James Madison finally succumbed to political pressure and declared war on Great Britain. series of economic sanctions taken by the British and French against the US as part of the Napoleonic Wars and American outrage at the British practice of impressiveness, especially after the Chesapeake incident of 1807.
August 25, 1814- Washington Burn
America General William Hull surrender to British-Canadian General Isaac Brock and the British captured the Village of Detroit, without firing a single shot. Though outnumbered, they had threatened a crushing defeat, and Hull surrendered.
Treaty of Ghent
Americans were defeated and repelled by the British and Native at French town. In addition, surviving Americans forces were murdered in what is now referred to as Raisin River Massacre.
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\Whit a invading force of over 4,000 regulars, the British took over and destroyed Washington D.C. The burning of the White House and other buildings was crushing defeat both military and morally for the Americans. President Madison was forced to evacuate.
After 2 years of fighting , the British determined that the war was no longer worth their resources. On December 24, 1814, the treaty of Ghent officially ended the war.
Historical significance of the war in 1812 was that it helped the people of America have a strong nationalism for their country, despite the second failed American attempt to forcibly annex the territory known as Canada .