War of 1812

Who Started It?

British captured American Ships

Americans kept losing ships and sailors to the British. The British didn't have a lot of sailors, so they kept attacking Americans. After a while, the British won over the kidnapped American solders, and they turned into British sailors

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.

I Think The British Started It