1812 And Tecumseh: The War Of 1812

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In less than a 30 year span the United States of America tries to accomplish the impossible again, taking on naval superpower Great Britain for the second time. The War of 1812 had an enormous impact on this young nation 's future. Dictating whether the young nation will flourish with its second defeat of world power, Great Britain. Or perish under Britain 's future rule. After suffering devastating casualties, at the hands of the ‘Red Coats’, the Native American tribal nations, and the burning of its nation 's capitol. The United States of America was able to pull through the difficulties with energetic leadership from President James Madison, repelling the powerful Red Coats, and their allies the Native American tribal nations led by Tecumseh. …show more content…
Before the War of 1812 Native Americans separated into two main different sides the called the“Accommodationists” and the “Traditionalists”. The Accommodationists agreed with the white settlers and called for change in Native American ways, they wanted the industrialization of the land, and sought out innovative technologies. While the Traditionalists called for purity of Native American culture, and identity, thus completely disavowing the white settlers and their new technologies. Tecumseh and his brother Tenskwatawa both being “Traditionalists” called for the Union of Native Americans nations, to unite and resist against the white settlers which were taking their land forcibly. Tecumseh a skilled politician and an exceptional War Chief believed that the best way to defeat the white settlers was to wage a war against them, without the support of anyone. Regardless of following his older brother Tenskwatawa thought that the best way to defeat the settlers was to gain the support of a foreign nation to aid them. Great Britain proved to be this nation, the British wanting to take over the Americas again after their embarrassing loss to the Americans in the American Revolution, their growing anger towards the United States of America for accepting the sailors who deserted their ships who left the British weakened in their strong navy during the …show more content…
This upper hand that the British gained with their alliance of the Native Americans proved to be a great strategy. As the British progressed through the war with France, and Napoleon the Redcoats found themselves fighting two wars on two different fronts, which spread their resources thin. Great Britain facing problems with their strong navy, with the absence of many sailors abandoning ships to find better pay and living conditions. Thus to lessen the consequences that Britain had made for itself, King George IV made treaties with the Native American Tribal Nations led by Tecumseh to assist them in war. Tecumseh agreed with these treaties due to the main reason that the British and King George the III had made the Royal Proclamation line of 1763, and his son and successor King George IV planned to reinstate the law if the British regained control. Tecumseh supported. Native Americans played critical roles in various battles, they assisted the British in the critical Battle of Detroit where the smaller British forces, with the assistance from the Native Americans led under Tecumseh. Led to the ultimate control of the Michigan area for the British Red Coats and Allies. Despite their smaller numbers the British and Native Americans. Tecumseh and his soldiers’ knowledge of the land proved once again to be effective in battle. After some time the United

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