War of 1812

The second war between England and America

War of 1812

The War of 1812 was a conflict between the United States and Britain. Many factors influenced Americans to go to war. They hoped to expand the United States by seizing control of Canada and Florida. Three important factors they helped Americans make a decision to go to war was the embargo policies, impressments, and the expansionist goal of the War Hawks. Americans saw the War of 1812 as an opportunity to defend their freedom and honor.
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Native American Attacks

The fourth cause leading up to the War of 1812 was the Native American Attacks against the Americans. The Americans violated the Treaty of Greenville and moved into Indian land. This led up to the British arming the Indians with weapons to go attack the Americans.
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Fighting Around The Cheasapeake Bay

During the War of 1812 the British Navy moved to the Chesapeake Bay and marched soldiers to Washington D.C. Members of the federal government like James Madison fled as the British attacked. As a result of these attacks the capitol building and the white house were burned
Battle of Baltimore

Battle of Baltimore

The Battle of Baltimore took place from September 12 to September 14, 1814, in Baltimore, Maryland, during the War of 1812 against Great Britain. Under the command of Major General Samuel Smith, about 10,500 American regular troops and militia fought against a British force, composed of 4,500 infantry and 19 warships, that attempted to invade and take the city of Baltimore. The British ended up retreating and the Chesapeake area was saved.

Effects of the War of 1812

For economics, factories grew during war and America depended less on British manufacturing. Because of the British blockade Americans manufactured the goods they needed.


For politics, William Harrison and Andrew Harrison became known as heroes. Federalists on the other hand looked unpatriotic after the Hartford Convention and died out.


For foreign relations, Since the United States took a stand against a major world power, other countries began to take notice. The Americans' actions caused other parts of the world to eventually gain more respect for the young nation and they became a world power.


For culture, America entered a period of nationalism. The Americans also created a unique culture unlike Europe and looked to expand.

By: Keyshawn Horton