The War Of 1812 And Its Effects On America Essay

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The War of 1812 was started when the Indian problems merged in with the Britain. Between 1809-1812, President James Madison had been on fence about who was going to be America’s primary enemy, Britain or France, as both countries were attacking U.S. ships. In 1809, Madison’s Non-Intercourse Act was reneged, the act had declined any trade with only France and Britain and their colonies, in doing so it opened up some other trade routes that would help alleviate the economic distress of America’s working people. By 1811 though, the country had been divided and on the verge of all out war. At the same time, in March of 1811 the new Congress had obtained a handful of Republicans from the West and South, which would be known as the War Hawks. A couple of these men welcomed war against Britain so they could justify their attacks on the Indians and end impressment. The others were expansionists looking to occupy Florida, while threatening Canada.
In June of 1812, Congress finally declared war on Great Britain in a vote; New England and some Middle Atlantic states were against the war, fearing what the effect would be on commerce. On the other end of the spectrum the South and West were all for war, ironically enough though, at that time the British had just declared they would stop the search and seizure of American ships, but the war efforts would not let up one bit.
In order to hit Great Britain, the U.S. almost immediately attacked Canada, then a British colony. The U.S.…

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