War of 1812
Who Started It?
Forbidden Trade Upset Americans
After many American ships and sailors were captured, Congress passed the Embargo Act of 1807. The Embargo Act forbade American ships to foreign ports, which means they had about no trade. This really upset the Americans, but it didn't really affect the British so much.
British Had a Shortage Of Sailors
This had a huge impact on both the British and Americans. It affected the Americans because the British continued to steal American ships and sailors. This means Americans were losing ships and sailors rapidly, and there was nothing they could do about it. The only thing congress could think of was to pass the Embargo Act. Between 1803 and 1812, the British impressed/ won over about 6000 Americans, and had them work on British ships.