war of 1812

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War of 1812 Leaders
Sir Isaac Brock and Tecumseh may have had a strong alliance but together could not find a way to defeat the freedom-loving American people or it’s president, James Madison. These three men all had powerful leadership roles and largely affected the War of 1812. Tecumseh, the shawnee war chief, James Madison, and Sir Isaac Brock, all desired land, which equalled having power. Tecumseh wanted to preserve the land for his people and keep the white man east of the Appalachians. James Madison wanted the land in order to grow the United States and expand economically. Sir Isaac Brock wanted the land for Great Britain because the British wanted to have a foothold on this continent in order to keep the land that would later become Canada. Each one of these men had powerful positions that allowed them to make decisions that greatly affected the outcome of the War of 1812, because of this, these leaders substantially changed the North American continent.
Tecumseh, a Shawnee leader, and possibly one of the most important indian leaders in the 19th century, controlled all indian forces in the War of 1812. Tecumseh grew up west of the Appalachian mountains in a troubling time for the Shawnee Indians. The United States had become an independent country, wanting to expand west, which was a large fear of some Native Americans as they wanted nothing to do with the white man. While most indians were puzzled and left scarred by the fact that men from a foreign land had come to their continent to settle, Tecumseh gave insight to all indian tribes surrounding the greater area of the US. His teachings gave hope to all tribes that soon the world would be restored to the beautiful peacefulness there was before the European settleme...

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... a mix of regulars, indians and local militia. He knew that he would not stand a chance fighting the Americans who had double his numbers, so Brock turned to trickery. The night the US Army arrived to the valley where Brock’s and his army resided, Brock had created a plan to get the Americans to surrender. He commanded every single soldier to make a fire, when normally one regiment would make fire, this simulated a much bigger army than they had. He also supplied every single soldier from the militia with uniforms of the regulars. Brock’s last move was to get the Indians to call violent war cries, as he knew the commanding officer of the army William Hull was very scared of Indians. Even though Hulls army was twice as big as the British’s, Brocks trickery worked and William Hull surrendered. This gained Brock’s army 30 cannons, 300 rifles and 2,500 muskets (Garrard).

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