The War Of War With Great Britain Essay

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The Napoleonic Wars were one of the leading causes for the United States to inadvertently travel down a road to war with Great Britain. Great Britain and France fought for European supremacy, and treated weaker powers heavy-handedly. The United States attempted to remain neutral during the Napoleonic period, but eventually became embroiled in the European conflicts. Leading up to the War of 1812, Napoleon seized power in 1799 after overthrowing the French revolutionary government. During this time, U.S. and French were concluding negotiations to end the Quasi-War with France. In 1802, Napoleon ended ten years of warfare with Great Britain under the Peace of Amiens and used this opportunity to attempt to crush the Haitian Revolution, but the army he sent met with defeat. Napoleon had also re-obtained the North American province of Louisiana from Spain in 1800. However, the loss of Haiti made Louisiana strategically undesirable to France, and with war again on the horizon with Great Britain, Napoleon was willing to agree to the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. (Napoleonic Wars and the United States, 1803–1815, nd). The unfortunate irony of the Louisiana Purchase is that New Orleans would be the final conflict between the United States and Great Britain.
As expected, Britain declared war on France in 1803. During this period of war, Napoleon and British leaders concentrated on European affairs, but the conflict spilled over into the Atlantic. From 1803 to 1806, the United…

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