The War of 1812

Jackson Propp

America v.s. Great Britain

The War of 1812 was a war fought by the United States of America against the British. It lasted for two and a half years, and though it wasn't the most successful war, it defined our nation at the time and changed America's future forever.

What Pushed James Madison to Declare War?

Effects of the War on America

The war was neither a success or failure. It ended on December 24, 1814, as a result of the signing of the Treaty of Ghent. This treaty helped to establish peace between the two nations, and end conflicts. It also ended the alliance between Britain and the Native Americans, which was a victory for America, as it allowed the continuation of westward expansion. Though the treaty had been signed, many Britains, as well as Americans were unaware. Due to this, British forces attacked New Orleans, only to be met by future president Andrew Jackson's army. Britain stood no chance against our powerful army and was left defeated. Word spread of the victory and America's morale was greatly boosted. Eventually, the treaty was ratified (only a month after the victory) and all conflicts ended for the time. Overall, the war led to an outbreak of American patriotism, as well as the weakening of Natives, and a stronger movement towards westward expansion. Manufacturing in America grew as well, and relations stayed peaceful with Britain. Through this war was technically a tie, it benefitted America in ways that nothing else could.

Important War Time Figures