The Barbary pirates had began demanding tribute to pass the Barbary coast. In 1801 Tripoli declared war after the U.S. didn't pay tribute and captured a ship and its crew.Click to Edit Description
Stephan Decatur was a 25 year old sailor in the U.S navy. He led a small group to burn the captured USS Philidelphia and rescue it's crew.Click to Edit Description
In 1807 the HMS Leopard stopped the USS Chesapeake and demanded to search it when the Chesapeake's captain refused the Leopard opened fire. Americans were furious and wanted war with the British.
The U.S. declares war on Britain
Jefferson was the President and asked Congress to pass the Embargo Act and they did. It was a catastrophic failure as it attempted to outlaw all foreign trade and broke the American economy.
Tecumseh was a powerful Shawnee chief and tried to build a Native American Confederacy to halt U.S. expansion westward. His brother, The Prophet, founded Prophetstown. Tecumseh left and ordered the Prophet not to attack the Americans. The Americans raided Prophetstown and won.
The U.S.A. made the decision to go to war with Britain and saw them as being the bigger threat than France and made the good decision to declare war and defend from an attack from Canada and the British attacking American ships.