War of 1812 Essay

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War of 1812 Essay Susan Henderson IB HOTA Mr. Feicht Throughout the 19th century, America transformed from a small, developing country into a world power. It was able to earn some credibility with other countries after it worked so hard to gain its independence in 1776. The United States also made many enemies after its monumental success. Acquisitions of land due to events such as The Louisiana Purchase, the Mexican Cession and the addition of Alaska, Florida, Oregon, and Texas tripled the size of the United States from 890,000 sq. miles to 2.73 million sq. miles in less than 100 years. One of the events that catalyzed this expansion was the War of 1812. The war is sometimes called “America’s second war for …show more content…
2, which vetoed the Embargo Act (Feicht). Americans were still irate at Britain, though, because it had not opened up free trade. Their stinginess of free trade was caused by Napoleon’s Continental System which limited the amount of trade that could be done (Napoleon Series). Later, Napoleon’s plan backfired on him when the French government had begun to lose money as well (Feicht). Napoleon slackened the restrictions, which immediately benefited Britain - so he again tightened up the regulations in 1811. This caused his allies to revolt. The rise of nationalism in Europe gave Britain the opportunity to fight France on land (Napoleon Series). Britain used peoples against the French government of occupation, allowing Britain to follow up her naval victories with the army.
There were also some political issues that seemed to boil up more and more with each passing day. The United States was treating the Amerindians with little respect and felt as if the Amerindians should readily give up their land when asked for it. It was effortless for the British to make friendships with the Amerindians because of the pressure being put on Indians by the westward expansion of the United States. The Shawnee Indian tribes were tired of the threat 3 caused by the Americans and felt the need to revolt (Feicht). Tecumseh and his brother, the Prophet, organized an uprising, ready to tell the Americans, by force, that their

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