During this time, Britain was at war with Napoleon and wanted to hurt France economically. To do so, Britain tried to restrict French trade with other nations, including America. “Not content with these occasional expedients for laying waste our neutral trade, the cabinet of Britain resorted at length to... ... middle of paper ... ...ended the hatred between American and British soldiers. Although America did not win The War of 1812, due to the Battle of Lake Erie, they did not lose it. The war was caused by the impressment of American soldiers, blockades on American trade, and Indian slaughters on the American frontier.
The primary cause of the war with Britain was the fact the neutral shipping rights were violated by Britain, and though France had also violated these rights, there were other issues that the British were responsible for. Britain blockaded the United States in such a manner it was no longer possible to export goods by ship. The British were not doing this to harm America's economy, however it was extremely harmful to the economy of this young country. Britain was doing this so that France could not import as many goods that would behoove them in the war. France desperately needed various goods that could be imported from the United States and they were willing to pay where America's economy could have benefited tremendously.
In June of 1807 the British vessel, the Leopard ordered the American vessel, the Chesapeake to stop and allow a search. Upon refusal, the Leopard used force, wounding 18 Americans and killing 3. These actions by the British enraged the Americans, and many more people began demanding retaliation.1 From 1807 to 1811 the administrations of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison attempted to change British policies by hurting their economy. They planned to do this by restricting British imports as well as American exports to Great Britain. The Embargo Act was passed in December 1807, and banned all exports and confined American shipping to the coastal trade.
These orders severely restricted neutral trade with Europe. The effect of these blockades was compounded by the British practice of impressment. The British navy claimed the right to stop neutral vessels on the high seas to look for "deserters." In the course of searching American ships, mistakes were often made, and as a result many American seamen were impressed into the British navy. From 1807 to 1811 the Democratic-Republican administrations of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison attempted to change British policies by economic coercion, restricting British imports as well as American exports to Great Britain.
The idea of wanting its independence from Britain was forced upon them after the French and Indian War when Americans felt that they were receiving unfair treatment from Great Britain. The French and Indian War altered British and American relations by changing the colonist's beliefs in having the need for British control, and these events brought American colonies together for the first time politically. Economically, the British made relations harsh by enforcing things such as the Stamp Act which made many of the colonist's unhappy. The ideological viewpoint of the American colonist's drastically changed with the opposing viewpoints of the British. American colonists questioned many of Britain's laws and beliefs after the French and Indian War.
War of 1812 The War of 1812 is one of the forgotten wars of the United States. The war lasted for over two years, and while it ended much like it started: in a stalemate. The invasive actions of the United States failed in almost every attempt to capture Canada. On the other hand, the British army was successfully stopped when it attempted to capture Baltimore and New Orleans. The primary causes of the war were England’s refusal to restrict trading with America, conflict with the Indians, and America’s ambition to expand.
Since the American Revolution, the Untied States had long been provoked by the unwillingness of the British to withdraw from the Great Lakes, which was in fact American territory. Meanwhile across the Atlantic, France’s number one megalomaniac, Napoleon, waged economic war with the British in an attempt to secure his dominion of Europe. The French-British war in Europe set in motion the creation of trade embargoes and blockades in 1807 which severely restricted the process of neutral countries trading with Europe. On top of that, both the British and French would seize and search any ship vessel that entered their trade territory. For the U.S., a reluctantly neutral country to the war affairs of Europe, these trade embargoes were the source of much economic pain and all the more reason to fuel their growing distaste for the British.
All of those things were done before he was elected president in 1808. On June 1, 1812, Madison asked Congress to declare war. The war was influenced by a group of people known as the “War Hawks.” The group included Henry Clay and John C. Calhoun. They believed that Madison should have taken a more militant policy towards Great Britain, instead of proclaiming non-intercourse towards them because of trading issues. Madison kept in mind their suggestion and when the British impressed American seamen and took over their ships, Madison gave into the pressure and declared war.
Causes of the War of 1812 The War of 1812 was fought between the United States and Great Britain from June 1812 to the spring of 1815 (Findling, 15). When the war began, it was being fought by the Americans to address their grievances toward the British, though toward the end, the issues eventually were unjustified and reasons manipulated. There is no single cause for the War of 1812 but instead, several related causes, such the influence of the War Hawks, the impressments as well as the Embargo and Non-Intercourse acts, and the British's possible interference with the Indian Nations, and land ownership disputes between the Natives and Americans, ultimately leading to the Battle of Tippecanoe. The War Hawks were a group of 20 Democratic Republicans from the south and west United States, who supported the war against Britain. They were united by the outrages regarding the impressment on the seas and the British Orders in Council which were crippling the American economy.
The forgotten war, A war that would soon be forgotten, almost by everyone involved. The war of 1812, a war that lasted for two years. A small conflict between Americans and Great Britain then soon involving natives and Canadian colonist. Though so many remarkable things happened in the war, Americans and the British don’t really remember some of the small details about the war. Though the war started in 1812 some of the developmental causes happened years before the war was even in any sort of thought.