War of 1812 – One Continent, Two Nations

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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. As stated by the Treaty of Ghent, the treaty that officially concluded the War, boundaries were not moved; neither country lost or gained a significant amount of land. However, the impacts of the War of 1812 are present in both Canada and the United States of America today. Americans, British and Canadians were all affected by the War of 1812 in territorial, emotional and moral ways. The War of 1812 unified two separate countries, established ideas of nationhood and created peaceful relations between Canada and the United States of Ameri...

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