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. The British orders council in 1807 had put America’s trade tumbling down which led to the embargo acts, agreement and policies about ruined and angered Americans about trade. One of the biggest early reasons for the cause of the war was the Chesapeake incident in 1807. The British had started to practice impressment of American sailors into their royal navy, once they were found out a ship called the Chesapeake had taken the pressed sailors, an order by British authority gave orders to bring back the “deserters” no matter what. As the Chesapeake left the bay it was caught off guard by HMS leopard. The British ordered for them to give back the “deserters” but they refused, making the HMS leopard shot at the unprepared Chesapeake. The American let the British on the ship letting them take back the “deserters” for tries and the Chesapeake went back to its port in Virginia. Once the news spread about the British impressment and war at sea the Americans rage grew. Though the following years leading up to the war of 1812 small wars at sea took place and more embargo acts took place because of the British denial to follow.
On June 18, 1812 James Madison, the president, declared war on Great Britain with support by the war hawks and th...
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...itish to do be independent. America was very goal oriented by their trade so they wanted to do whatever they could to make it work even if it meant starting a war. The need to expand is in both sides blood and if that meant war, they would surely go to war. Although America had lost many battles in the war of 1812 we didn’t give up once and just fought till we got what we wanted just like Madison stated. It is hard to believe that so many remarkable things happened in the war of 1812, but we don’t talk about it as a huge war. When the war had begun and ended the war at the time was known as “American’s second independence” so why is it that we still don’t remember? The question still floats around. The forgotten war shouldn’t be forgotten shouldn’t be brushed off as another war, we as American’s should believe that the war of 1812 was “Americas second independence.”
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