The Brutal War Of 1812

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The Brutal War of 1812
Darren Jones
Central High School
5th Period Abstract This paper will be to inform you the brutal war of 1812. This period of time was a very important time in American history it was later to be called “a second independence”. This war is commonly known as the forgotten war.
The Brutal War of 1812 The war of 1812 was mainly a battle between Britain and America. It first started because Great Britain was putting restrictions on America’s trading. The United States suffered many costly defeats at the hands of British. American troops were able to repulse British invasions in New York, Baltimore and New Orleans, boosting national confidence and fostering a new spirit of patriotism. Many in the United
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The Embargo Act was a disaster. Jefferson had thought that Britain and France would be angered when they didn 't get their regular shipments of food, weapons, and other American goods. Instead, the two nations managed to get along without American. The Embargo Act backfired, and American ships sat in American ports. James Madison, was elected president, but before he left office, Jefferson signed a bill repealing the Embargo Act. Madison tried to keep the United States out of the European War. But the more poorly American ships and sailors were treated, the more American people wanted …show more content…
This defeat convinced some Indians that they needed British support against Americans. They didn’t want American settlers to push them further out of their lands. Meanwhile the congress was pressuring James Madison and on June 18,1812 U.S. declared war on Great Britain. The first strike was an obvious decision it was an attack on Canada, then a British colony. America’s leaders were very happy about the invasion’s success. They finally persuaded Madison to ask Congress for a declaration of war in June 1812. Congress agreed, and war was declared.
The first real battle of the war turned out to be not much of a battle at all. American troops under General William Hull crossed from Fort Detroit into Canada and demanded the surrender of Canadian troops. Even though Hull 's forces outnumbered those of the British commander, Isaac Brock. He didn 't want his men hurt and so retreated to Fort Detroit, then surrendered.
The British luck soon ran out During the Battle of York, American forces burned the city of Toronto. A few months’ later American ships under, Oliver Hazard Perry, engaged British ships. The American ships were smaller, but they had more of them. Of the American victory, Perry made his famous statement: "We have met the enemy, and they are ours." It was American victory and gave the U.S. control of the Lake Erie area, which bordered on several vital British support

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