Struggle In The War Of 1812

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America has been the place where ideas have thrived. Throughout history we have seen many of these ideas come to life and helped us grow as a nation. Consequently these ideas brought frustration and difficulty to the colonies, but they proceeded on. With the dream to be a better nation, many reformed the nation with ideas known in history forever. Due to these ideas The United States, or the 13 colonies, went from a newly independent country to a transcontinental nation with the help of, economic improvements, the war of 1812, and westward expansion.
Economic improvements were substantial in American history with the establishment of the national bank, American system and even the First Industrial revolution. The American System was also
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The causes of the war was British’s attempt to restrict U.S. trade, the Royal Navy’s impressment of American Seamen and America’s desire to expand its territory. British had a long feud with Napoleon Bonaparte’s France, which caused both sides to attempt to block the U.S. from trading with the other (qtd. in “War of 1812”). In 1807 Britain passed the Orders in Council law which required neutral countries to obtain a license to trade with France in anyway. In 1809, congress repealed Jefferson’s Embargo Act and replaced it with the Intercourse Act, this specifically prohibited them from trading with France and Britain, but in May 1810 bill stating that if either power dropped restrictions they would go back to non- intercourse with either power, in result Napoleon stopped restrictions and the United States blocked all trade with Britain that November (qtd. in “War of 1812”). The Royal navy also infuriated American’s by pulling seamen out of vessels and making them fight for them, this is also known as impressment (qtd. in “War of 1812”). On June 18, 1812, the president (James Madison) signed a declaration of war, immediately U.S. forces attacked Canada then a British colony. American’s were overly optimistic about their success and on August 16, 1812 they were humiliated when Brock and Tecumseh’s forces chased them across the border and resulted in the surrendering of Detroit (qtd. in “War of 1812”). In September 1813, the Battle of Lake Eerie firmly placed the Northwest Territory in the United States, subsequently in the Battle of Thames (which Tecumseh was killed), the United States gained Detroit back (qtd. in “War of 1812”). The British forces raided Chesapeake Bay and Captured Washington D.C., On August 24, 1814 and burned the White House and the Capitol (qtd. in “War of 1812”). On December 24, 1814 the treaty of Ghent was signed and ratified on January 8, 1815, in which

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