The War of 1812

By: Samuel Turner

Conflicts that led to the War of 1812

Shortly before the war there were small conflicts that had an impact on the country, which led to The War of 1812.
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War Declared

Congress was asked by James Madison to think about declaring war against Britian. Congress was split on the decision though, Northern congressmen were set on opposing the war but Southern and Western congressmen, Democratic-Republicans, and War Hawks were all set on the declaration of war. The North of America called it "Mr. Madison's War."
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Treaty of Ghent

The Treaty of Ghent was the formal document signed by the British and the Americans that officialy ended the War of 1812. This document established peace and all territory was returned to the original owners from before the war. This peace treaty ended the war with a truce, no one won, no one lost. Since this war was fought against the British the Americans saw this war as a "Second War of Independence."
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The Aftermath of The War of 1812

The war had multiple effects on the country and here are some of them. Economically America grew and grew, the factories of America developed and Americans depended less on British manufacturing. Politically, Americans William Henry Harrison and Andrew Jackson became American heroes, and the Federalists looked more and more unpatriotic due to their support of the British before the war. America had also become a world power. Culturally, America had entered a period of nationalism, and Americans became more and more patriotic. America turned from expanding into Europe and look westward. The American culture had been changed and was way different from the culture of Europe. This all happened within a era known as "The Era of Good Feelings."