By any criteria the years following the War of 1812, otherwise known as the “Era of Good Feelings,” must be considered a time of exceptional growth and development in the United States, but above all, it may be considered a time of evolution and ripening of American nationalism, unification, and economic prowess. The war of 1812 was a very problematic war. States did not fulfill their duties, while commanders and leaders were not informed or supplied enough to keep up the war. But what awakened during this time and afterwards is something much greater then victory. The war wasn’t just about Britain holding land and impressing American sailors into their navy; it was a second war of independence.
He was an excellent general and an influential role model to many people. He led the Patriots in the Revolutionary War and became the 1st President. He was the courageous, brave, and trustworthy George Washington. Throughout our lives, many people have showed that when power is acquired or given, it is often abused and taken advantage up.However, George Washington was the streak of hope scattered throughout a world of despair. Before George Washington came into power, King George, The King of Britain, had been unfair and cruel to the many citizens of America, which was a colony of England in the 1700’s.
As proclaimed in the “Declaration of the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms,” we agreed that the British government had left the people with only two options, “unconditional submission to the tyranny of irritated ministers or resistance by force.” Thus, in the early months of the dreadfully long year of 1775, we began our resistance. As the war progressed, the Americans, the underdogs, shockingly began winning battles against the greatly superior mother country of England. Actually, as seen in the battle of Bunker Hill, not only were they winning, they were annihilating hundreds of their resilient opponents. Countless questions arose before and during the War of Independence. Problems like: social equality, slavery, women’s rights, and the struggle of land claims against Native Americans were suddenly being presented in new and influencing ways to our pristine leaders.
Colonies in distant lands such as America were merely marionettes controlled and manipulated coincidentally into victory by the monarchs of the old world. In the 17th and 18th centuries the British Empire was the leading world power with the largest amount of influence as well as the greatest navy in existence. Acquiring and holding that position however, doesn’t come without the creation of a few enemies. The English had fought many wars in order to protect their own interests and defend their title in the new world. Events such as the War of Jenkins’ Ear, The War of Spanish Succession, King George’s War, and The Seven Years War granted England a great amount of strength and recently discovered treasures, but also left many nations craving vengeance (Bailey, Cohen, Kennedy 106).
Inside its borders, America had the greatest nationalistic movement it has seen since the forming of the Union. Nationalism boosted the economy, the arts, and transportation. "The American System" was formed and an anthem was created that Americans can sing to show their patriotism. As the War of 1812 concluded the world's super powers, France, Spain and Portugal, are stunned once again. For the second time the Americans control the British in North America.
By examining these three particular factors, America’s military assets, it’s aid from other countries, and its own spirit of independence, one’s understanding of the Revolutionary War, an essential root of this nation, is truly increased. Despite the low expectations for the American colonies, they amazed the world as they rose to the occasion by taking advantage of their military assets, even those they did not know they had. For instance, George Washington proved to be a valuable asset for the American colonies. Washington was already held in high esteem prior to the Revolution for his few, but impactful, military accomplishments prior to the Revolution and for his praise-worthy character. (Schweikart and Allen 74) Because of his lack of experience commanding, he learned to excel in familiarizing himself with new tactics and responsibilities very quickly.
This is through telling the reader that the founders won the war through luck, intellect and perseverance. He also tells of how the US is the longest surviving republic in the world. He also tells of how the revolutionary war was in different perspectives. An example was some of the founders thought America can unify and become an economic power while others just wanted to secede from England. He then talks about 1787 and how the American Constitution was made and then about how George Washington formed a new country under his leadership.
The War of 1812 reshaped North America. Though not physically, the war brought new ideas and principles to the nations involved. The War was between the overconfident Americans and the greatest Empire at the time, Great Britain. The Americans, being hungry for power and territory, declared war on the British not only for territory, but for freedom of the seas and for North America to become “one great nation” as stated by John Adams. There was no clear winner of the war, both the Americans and the British won several battles, but lost just as many.
The Battle of Profits town had most probably been the tipping point for going to war, when Sir Governor William Henry Harrison and his militia had attacked P... ... middle of paper ... ...d victorious from the war of 1812. Although I have defined this war to be a British victory through writing this essay I have learned that war always comes at a price. There is always a loss whether it be many casualties, loss of land or both. I have learned that war should always be the last resort, but that is not always the case. America wanted to pick a fight with Britain, when they could have tried negotiating with Britain.
Although the battle of Trenton is most known for Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River (made famous by the 1851 painting by Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze) the battle itself had a tremendous impact on the war. By late 1776 the Americans were “at a low ebb”(Battle of Trenton) losing battle after battle at the hands of the British. Also around this time the one year enlistment contracts of most of his troops were expiring and because of the recent string of losses Washington knew many would not re-enlist. Washington needed a victory to boost morale and carry his army through the upc... ... middle of paper ... ...sent letters to Sir Henry Clinton in New York asking for reinforcements. Clinton did not respond to the letters leading Cornwallis to believe no reinforcements were coming.